Imagine a nation with the highest proportion of women legislators in the world. Imagine a country where a democratically elected president is committed to gender equality and poverty reduction, where urban and rural schools are being wired to the Internet, and where the government is committed to becoming a middle-income country by 2020. Imagine that this country is located in the heart of sub-Saharan Africa and that this progress comes in the wake of one of the 20th century's worst genocides. Fifteen years removed from a mass genocide that resulted in the deaths of nearly one million people, Rwanda today presents a model for hope, justice, innovation and human development. In fact, Rwanda is now a leader in achieving economic, political and social progress in this beleaguered continent. A new model of governance has emerged in this poor, African country. This model, which draws on century's old Rwandan customs called Ubudehe and IMIHIGO, is inclusive, transparent, empowers the poor, and holds leaders accountable for improving the well being of people in their districts. Rwanda: History and Hope focuses on the innovative path Rwanda has taken in governance and reconciliation, gender equity, education, health and economic growth. The authors spent a decade working and researching in the country to prepare this path-breaking book.
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About the Author
Margee M. Ensign is dean of the School of International Studies and associate provost for International Initiatives at the University of the Pacific. William E. Bertrand is the Wisner Professor at Tulane University.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Tables and Figures Chapter 2 Foreword Chapter 3 Acknowledgments Chapter 4 Introduction: Bonaventure Chapter 5 Chapter One: Acknowledging Progress and Emphasizing Evidence Chapter 6 Chapter Two: A Framework for Assessing Progress in Rwanda Chapter 7 Chapter Three: Are Citizens Participating Freely in Decision-Making? Chapter 8 Chapter Four: Basic Needs: Education, Gender Equity, and Health Care Chapter 9 Chapter Five: Is Economic Growth Pro-Poor? Chapter 10 Summary and Conclusions Chapter 11 Appendix Chapter 12 Bibliography Chapter 13 Index Chapter 14 About the Authors