After the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, Rwanda’s social fabric was shattered, people were broken, the institutions were completely destroyed. Against all odds, Rwanda embarked on a journey of reconstruction, development and, more recently, socio-economic transformation. To take on this daunting task both the leadership of Rwanda and its citizens came together and tapped into their most valuable and resilient asset, their shared national culture, to deal with the challenges they were facing using homegrown solutions.

Transformational Governance
The transformation of Rwanda was made possible through collective action that brought citizens and their leadership into close interaction to find solutions to the problems they were facing. The central element of this collaboration has been a desire to transform society by putting forward the defense of the general interest, contrary to past eras. One of the first steps in this transformation has been the restoration of peace and security for all
Rwanda’s Homegrown Solutions
Rwanda’s Home Grown Solutions (HGSs) are governance innovations that provide unconventional responses to societal challenges unlikely to be addressed through conventional means.  HGSs are based on national heritage, historical consciousness and strive for self-reliance. HGSs have been enablers for [stability and accountability] but also drivers of socio-economic transformation in Rwanda.

Views about Rwanda

Post -genocide Rwanda has managed to implement a good universal health insurance scheme that covers a large portion of the population. This came about because of the severity of the country’s problems and the resulting high proportion of women in the parliament and among professional caregivers, which had positive effect on policy.

Mary Therese Winifred Robinson

an Irish Independent politician who served as the seventh President of Ireland.
Our vision as ALU is to create leaders that will build an ‘Africa that works’. Rwanda is an excellent place for Africans to see this in practice. Kigali offers a safe and secure environment for international students.

Fred Swaniker

Ghanaian entrepreneur, leadership development expert and founder of  African Leadership University.
In the aftermath of one of the worst spasms of mass violence in recorded history, few imagined that Rwanda might one day serve as a model for other nations committed to health equity,

Dr.Paul Farmer

Harvard Medical School professor and co-founder of Partners In Health
People ask, ‘Why Rwanda? There are so many countries in Africa’. When I first came, I was shocked by its ability to embrace change. If every country was like Rwanda think how powerful could Africa be. My answer is, “Why not Rwanda?” he said.

Jack Ma Yun

Co-founder and executive chairman of the Alibaba Group, a multinational technology conglomerate.

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Following the devastating 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, Rwanda has embarked on a journey of reconstruction, development and, more recently, socio-economic transformation. 

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