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Eighteen years after the genocide that made Rwanda international news, but left it all but abandoned by the West, the country has achieved a miraculous turnaround. Rising out of the complete devastation of a failed state, Rwanda has emerged on the world stage yet again—this time with a unique model for governance and economic development under the leadership of its strong and decisive president, Paul Kagame. Here, Patricia Crisafulli & Andrea Redmond look at Kagame’s leadership, his drive for excellence and ...
Eighteen years after the genocide that made Rwanda international news, but left it all but abandoned by the West, the country has achieved a miraculous turnaround. Rising out of the complete devastation of a failed state, Rwanda has emerged on the world stage yet again—this time with a unique model for governance and economic development under the leadership of its strong and decisive president, Paul Kagame. Here, Patricia Crisafulli & Andrea Redmond look at Kagame’s leadership, his drive for excellence and execution that draws comparisons to an American CEO and emphasizes the development of a sophisticated and competitive workforce that leverages human capital. In Rwanda, the ultimate turnaround, strong and effective leadership has made a measurable and meaningful difference. Rwanda’s progress offers an example for other developing nations to lift themselves out of poverty without heavy reliance on foreign aid through decentralization, accountability, self-determination, and self-sufficiency. The authors also explore Rwanda’s journey toward its goal of becoming a middle-income nation with a technology-based economy, and its progress to encourage private sector development and foster entrepreneurship, while also making gains in education, healthcare, and food security—and all with a strong underpinning of reconciliation and unification. As so many nations stand on the brink of political and economic revolution, this is a timely and fascinating look at the implications of Rwanda’s success for the rest of the continent—and the world.
“Crisafulli and Redmond investigate the Rwandan renaissance, focusing on ‘Rwanda's CEO,’ Paul Kagame…a fascinating portrait of a nation and a president at a pivotal moment in history.”—Publishers Weekly
"An instructive snapshot of Rwanda today."—Kirkus Reviews
“Rwanda is the most amazing story in Africa—the fastest rate of poverty reduction ever achieved on the continent, despite huge handicaps of history and geography. Yet until now, these achievements have largely been missed by the outside world. This book will awaken you to Africa's most extraordinary phoenix.”—Paul Collier, author of The Bottom Billion
“Andrea Redmond and Patricia Crisafulli are known for their ability to connect with people, examine leadership skills and teach us through their compelling observations and insights. As advocates for the future of Rwanda, they are now telling a story that we can all benefit from hearing.”—Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase
"Rwanda Inc. documents this beautiful country's ongoing transformation through the lens of leadership, capturing the resilience of the human spirit and the potential for any country-or company-to chart an ambitious new course with ingenuity, collaboration, pragmatism and passion."—Howard Schultz, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Starbucks
"In the 21st century, finding ways to transform poor countries may mean the difference between war and peace. Any country that can provide a model for how to make poor societies prosperous will contribute decisively to global stability. This book suggests Rwanda may be building that model. Rwanda Inc. is the story of the most exciting development project underway in the world today."—Stephen Kinzer, author of A Thousand Hills
“Paul Kagame is one of my heroes and I believe should be recognized as a ‘Hero of the World’. He has led Rwanda out of the most hellish nightmare one can imagine, into the daylight of national reconciliation and the formation of a democracy. This is a story that can become a model for the entire African continent.”—James Sinegal, Co-Founder & Director, Costco
“Rwanda has achieved a remarkable turnaround, from the poster child of despair to symbol of progress, in less than 20 years. The unique leadership attributes of Rwandan President Kagame and his drive for broad-based economic growth continue to move the country forward. Rwanda today is inclusive, focuses on reconciliation, empowers women, decentralizes government, and involves the community in rebuilding—for the benefit of all. This is why Marriott wants to do business in Rwanda. Here, Crisafulli and Redmond tell this turnaround story brilliantly.”—Arne M. Sorenson, President & Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.
"By adopting an approach of 'trade not aid,' our company has developed a sustainable multi-million-dollar business relationship with Rwanda since 2005. Our beautiful, handmade Path to Peace baskets, sold in Macy's stores and on macys.com, help hundreds of widows of the genocide support themselves and their families. In Rwanda, Inc., Patricia Crisafulli and Andrea Redmond outline how President Kagame rebuilt the Rwandan nation in a manner that encouraged business collaboration and projects like Path to Peace at Macy's. In the process, what was a tragedy has become a story of inspiration and hope, with all of the women of Rwanda working side by side."—Terry J. Lundgren, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Macy's, Inc.
Posted January 14, 2013
I just finished reading Rwanda Inc. and as in past books by Ms. Crisafulli, I was so impressed by the rich content and quality research.
What I hadn't expected was the dual lessons both from a business perspective as well as a personal one. The Rwanda model of do for yourself, remain independent-minded and self-determining, and forge strategic paternships with those who support your vision underscores what has worked for me. Given that I am a CEO who is retiring soon, I found other thoughtful messages at the end of the book about leaving a legacy and having lasting influence. Bravo on a story that needs to be told and for making it such a rich and rewarding read!