Category Archives: Rwanda: twenty year commemoration

Rwanda: Liberation by numbers?

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Our co-editor, SJ Cooper-Knock takes a look at Rwanda, which is often praised for leading the way on women’s representation in parliament. What do the country’s impressive statistics tell us about the life choices and life chances of women in politics, and beyond? This thought piece was penned as part of series on parliamentary politics for the […]

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Calculating skeptics: Accommodating authoritarian rule in Rwanda


In this article, Anu Chakravarty explores the relationship of Hutus to the Rwandan state, and asks what shapes their political decisions in everyday life. Anuradha (Anu) Chakravarty is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of South Carolina. Her book on the gacaca courts and popular investments in authoritarian rule is forthcoming (Cambridge University […]

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Journalists’ pay and conditions in Rwanda


In this blog, Sally Stapleton argues that we must give equal energy to opening space for media voices and improving the quality of the voices that we hear. With that in mind, she tells us about a recent survey that has explored the pay and conditions of journalists in Rwanda.

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Rwanda and the Commonwealth

Will Jones

Will Jones asks how we should see Rwanda’s new-found commonwealth membership: does the country meet the criteria for membership? How should we assess Rwanda’s democracy since 1994? Will its membership encourage further democratisation? Will Jones is a Junior Research Fellow in Social Sciences at Balliol College, Oxford, and a research at the University’s Refugee Studies Centre.

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Overstating the state: Gacaca, government control and citizen agency in Rwanda

Phil Clark

In this post, Phil Clark argues that we need to move beyond the idea that citizens in Rwanda only acquiesce to, or resist, state power and understand them as actors in their own right, whose beliefs and practices should be analysed on their own terms. Phil is a Reader in Comparative and International Politics at SOAS, University […]

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A laboratory for the new citizen: Rwanda’s Itorero ry’Igihugu program and the challenges to nation-building after the genocide

Andrea Purdekova

Continuing our series on Rwanda, Andrea Purdekova explores the Itorero re’Igihugu program that seeks to provide ‘civic education’ to Rwandans across the country. She argues that we need to understand the political rationale behind such projects, and explores the repercussions of the government’s desire to pursue unity over liberty as a means to social transformation. Andrea is a Departmental […]

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Bringing industrial policy back in: A new flavour to the narrative of post-1994 Rwanda


Continuing our series on Rwanda, Pritish Behuria takes a look at Rwanda’s industrial policy. Economics has played an important role in reflecting and shaping politics in the country, he argues, yet industrial policy is often neglected in analyses of Rwanda. Pritish is a PhD candidate at the School of Oriental and African Studies.  

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Decentralisation and policy advocacy in Rwanda


Continuing our series on Rwanda, Benjamin Chemouni suggests how we can move beyond the polemic discourse that so often surrounds Rwanda, understanding the insecurities of the RPF regime, and making policy advice more palatable. Benjamin is a PhD candidate in the Department of International Development, at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). His article, […]

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Whose city? Kigali, population growth and prospects for Rwanda’s urban future

Tom Goodfellow

This blog marks the beginning of our series that explores the state of the nation in Rwanda, twenty years on from the genocide of 1994. It explores the social, political and economic progress made and the challenges that remain. Tom Goodfellow starts us off by exploring an angle that is often missed in analyses of […]

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