Words cannot adequately describe the progress that the small landlocked nation of Rwanda has made over the course of the last 25 years. Emerging from the depths of genocide, decrepit poverty, and widespread famine a thriving, young, democratic nation has risen. A nation firmly dedicated to the transformation of its very existence. In the mid-1990s no one in the international community would have thought that Rwanda would become a development star in 20 years’ time. But initiatives implemented by the Rwandan government, as well as a profound reconciliation process amongst the Rwandan people, has enabled the formation a new Rwanda that eagerly awaits the chance of embodying its full potential. As outlined in the nation’s 2020 Development Strategy, Rwanda imagines itself as an ICT (Information and Communications Technology) bastion within the increasingly integrated East African Region. Rwanda sees itself as an emerging actor within the international community. Rwanda’s transformation tells of the increasing strides that the African continent is currently observing, it tells of the dynamic, transformative progress that the continent is capable of unleashing, and furthermore the immense amount of pride that Africans have when it comes to transforming the African narrative. Rwanda’s story remains unfinished, developmental strategy are nothing without proper implementation and popular support. However, Rwanda shows that progress is possible, what remains to be seen is how the possibility of progress will become reality.
A Planned Rendering of Kigali c. 2020