Need evidence to understand Rwanda’s transformation process? Visit the villages

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By Geoffrey Mushaija


The village has always been known to be a place of peace and quiet. The workers in the village leave their homes early in the morning to work in the plantations or towns nearby.

There is a general feeling that what one observes while walking through a locality generates a general opinion on the country’s style of work and character. A sporadic look at rural houses, children, parents, gardens, farmers etc can make any rational stranger to draw general conclusions on the observed situations.

I’m always impressed by Rwanda leadership moral sense of rural local realities and the principle that every Rwandan counts and matters.\n

This consciousness provides certainty to the led as they move from the history of misery and despair to inclusive and dignified prosperity for all Rwandans.

When leaders and the population act together in unison, there are not threats of complete divorce from real needs of people and what they go through on daily basis because leaders act in a way that relates to the real local issues.

Post-independence regimes in Rwanda created a doubtful future and hopeless situations because they talked and acted as carbon-copies or duplicates of the colonialists – completely out of touch with the local realities and aspirations.

Today, Rwanda leadership consciousness of local realities makes it possible to capture real issues in designing specific appropriate solutions and suitable models of development. For example community outreach initiatives to connect with rural masses are characteristics of genius leadership that believe in listening to avoid dealing with symptoms than real issues.

This approach endows revolutionary doctrine with extraordinary vitality and presents a country of great promise, potential and high leadership inspiration.

The leadership boldness, humaneness, firmness and simplicity in principle combined with flexibility in practice are ideal inspiration and rural communities benefit immensely from these thinking together, interactions and cross pollination of ideas to nurture development a human face.

Rwanda intends a proportion of at least 70 % of households living in rural areas to settle in integrated viable settlements and these planned settlements offer economic opportunities, favor rational land use and management and accelerate servicing with basic social economic and physical infrastructures in rural areas.

It is through these interactions of leaders and the population that bred innovations like Vision 2020 Umurenge Program, One Cow per poor family, Ubudehe program, 9&12 Years basic education school construction, elimination of grass thatched houses, Saving and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOs), Gender based violence prevention initiatives, Grouped community settlement (Imidugudu), community work (Umuganda), Mutual health insurance scheme, Gacaca courts etc.

The FineScope Rwanda Survey 2016 indicates that that 5.2 million Rwandans, equivalent to 89 per cent of adult Rwandans, have access to financial services.

This means that Rwanda is moving very fast.

Bridging the gap between bureaucrats and rural masses is critical for sustainable transformation as it enhances population competencies to adapt/adopt new innovations and inventions.

Globalisation has made life too complicated and parasitic to the common person in terms of time, space, ideologies, technology etc that governments keep on reforming and changing institution to provide basic competencies adaptation and change.


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