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by Patricia Crisafulli, Andrea Redmond

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Title:Rwanda, Inc.: How a Devastated Nation Became an Economic Model for the Developing World
Authors:Patricia Crisafulli
Other authors:Andrea Redmond
Info:Palgrave Macmillan (2012), Hardcover, 248 pages
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Rwanda, Inc.: How a Devastated Nation Became an Economic Model for the Developing World by Patricia Crisafulli

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This book felt like a weird mix between a history book about Rwanda and a product placement show. The opening chapter is a Visa representative extolling the virtues of Rwanda and talking about how excited Visa is to enter the markets of Rwanda. The product placement only gets worse as the next few chapters seem like near endless name dropping of people at large corporations with favorable things to say about Rwanda. There is a bit of history interwoven, a brief background of Paul Kagame, but mostly just repeated business generalities and excitement.

The authors are clearly excited about Rwanda and their enthusiasm is infectious. But did we really need to be told twice that a new Marriott would soon be opening in Kigali? This was the most egregious example of both authors writing chapters and not reading the work done by the other author. The authors also seem concerned about the future of Rwanda and would could have been an interesting forecast for Rwanda based on current trends but sadly I felt the last chapter was a bit of hand-wringing wondering if Kagame would step down and how to ensure a peaceful transition.

These women clearly hope that you will share their enthusiasm about Rwanda and bring a breath of fresh air to the development literature sphere and for better or worse you will likely find yourself wanting to learn more about Rwanda after completing this book. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0230340229, Hardcover)

Eighteen years after the genocide that made Rwanda international news, but left it all but abandoned by the West, the country has achieved a miraculous turnaround. Rising out of the complete devastation of a failed state, Rwanda has emerged on the world stage yet again—this time with a unique model for governance and economic development under the leadership of its strong and decisive president, Paul Kagame. Here, Patricia Crisafulli & Andrea Redmond look at Kagame’s leadership, his drive for excellence and execution that draws comparisons to an American CEO and emphasizes the development of a sophisticated and competitive workforce that leverages human capital. In Rwanda, the ultimate turnaround, strong and effective leadership has made a measurable and meaningful difference. Rwanda’s progress offers an example for other developing nations to lift themselves out of poverty without heavy reliance on foreign aid through decentralization, accountability, self-determination, and self-sufficiency. The authors also explore Rwanda’s journey toward its goal of becoming a middle-income nation with a technology-based economy, and its progress to encourage private sector development and foster entrepreneurship, while also making gains in education, healthcare, and food security—and all with a strong underpinning of reconciliation and unification. As so many nations stand on the brink of political and economic revolution, this is a timely and fascinating look at the implications of Rwanda’s success for the rest of the continent—and the world.

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Eighteen years after the genocide that left Rwanda all but abandoned by the West, the country has achieved a miraculous turnaround with a unique model for governance and economic development.

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