human rights

Rwanda: The humanitarian’s dilemma

Rwanda is a beautiful example of how even the most devastated country can, with enough support and the right kind of planning, make a stunning recovery and get itself on the path of progress. On many indicators of health and welfare, as well as economic growth, Rwanda is at the top of the list in Africa and, in some cases, globally. I’ve seen the evidence for this in person, having visited and reported on Rwanda more than a year ago. It is an impressive ‘success story.’ But a bizarre juxtaposition of events that took place this week illustrates, for some anyway, the dilemma that Rwanda poses for the humanitarian community.

Is International Women’s Day good for women?

I’m not a big fan of International or National Anything Days. I’m not convinced that these arbitrary calendric celebrations necessarily do all that much to improve public understanding and recognition of the issues being celebrated.

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