On leading Rwandan negotiations for the Kigali Water Supply Project

UCL CPM website | 15 January, 2019Imad Ahmed is in the third year of his PhD focusing on the development impact of infrastructure investment. In his previous role as adviser to the Rwandan government, Imad Ahmed led negotiations for the Kigali Bulk Water … Continue reading On leading Rwandan negotiations for the Kigali Water Supply Project

Agricultural Reform in Rwanda: authoritarianism, markets and zones of governance

Africa, Volume 88, Issue 4 November 2018 , pp. 896-897 Imaduddin Ahmed Just as Philip Verwimp did in his 2013 book Peasants in Power in relation to the previous Juvénal Habyarimana administration, Chris Huggins applies James Scott’s 1998 authoritarian high modernist state framework to model post-genocide Rwanda. Both authors see authoritarian high modernist states that have achieved a high degree of administrative ordering at the rural level. Both see a prostrate civil society. But where Verwimp additionally applied Wintrobe’s dictatorship models to Habyarimana’s state, Huggins applies Foucauldian governmentality to the new Rwandan state – power is exercised not only through ‘actions’ but … Continue reading Agricultural Reform in Rwanda: authoritarianism, markets and zones of governance

After off-grid electricity, what chance off-grid water?

Financial Times | 31 July, 2017 Innovative solutions bring the prospect of accessible water to the isolated poor By Imaduddin Ahmed   Fifty-one million people lack access to safe water in the core East African Community member states of Tanzania, … Continue reading After off-grid electricity, what chance off-grid water?

Leapfrogging into the light

Financial Times | 27 March, 2017 Solar systems help Rwanda government switch from provider to regulator of electricity by Imaduddin Ahmed Mobile phones were the “leapfrog” … Continue reading Leapfrogging into the light

PPP success in Rwanda shows potential for greater self-reliance

Financial Times Beyond BRICS | 2 April, 2015 New Times | 4 April, 2015 allAfrica | 4 April, 2015 World Bank EIN News Desk | 6 April, 2015 Twenty-one years after its genocide, Rwanda ranks 46th in the world for ease of doing business according to the World Bank, four spots below its former coloniser Belgium. This is flattering. The rush with which international lenders financed its energy utility’s first solar public private partnership (PPP) demonstrates that this ranking is not empty academic musing. Yet, in the same manner in which Rwandans drew on their own internal reserves of strength … Continue reading PPP success in Rwanda shows potential for greater self-reliance

Is your local public-private partnership going to be a happy one?

By Imaduddin Ahmed and Shilesh Muralidhara The East African | January 11, 2014 Partnerships can be wonderful. They can also be disastrous. So, too, is this the case with partnerships entered into by governments and businesses for the delivery of public goods, which can either lose countries millions of dollars per project or initiate virtuous economic growth cycles. Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are mechanisms in which governments transfer upfront costs and risks for infrastructure projects meeting public needs to private sector developers. Power plants, water treatment facilities, roads, stadia, airports, hospitals — all of these can be given birth under PPPs, … Continue reading Is your local public-private partnership going to be a happy one?

Kinyarwanda: getting around, instructions to taxi drivers

A conversation with a moto-driver at the beginning of a journey may go as follows: You: Yewe! You: Bitte Driver: Sawa You: Ndashaka kujya kuri Nakaumatt, mu mujji Driver: Yego You: Nangahe? Driver: Magana umanani You: Oya, ibi birahenze Driver: Magana atandatu You: Sawa. Ufite amafaranga mato? Driver: Yego You:  Utware bohoro kandi neza You: Hey! You: Hi Driver: Hey You: I’d like to go to the Nakaumatt in town Driver: Sure You: How much? Driver: 800 You: No, that’s too much Driver: 600 You: Okay. Do you have change? Driver: Yes You: Drive slowly and safely attention! (when hailing … Continue reading Kinyarwanda: getting around, instructions to taxi drivers

Kinyarwanda: greetings and pleasantries

greeting for the first time – muraho good morning – mwara mutse hello – mwiriwe have a good day – umunsi mwiza have a good day (16-18h) – umugoroba mwiza good evening – muraramukeho, umugoroba mweza good night – ijoro geza good-bye (to a lot of people) – muririrweho farwell – murabeho go well – urugenda gweza go = genda good weekend – icyumweru cyiza have a good day at work – akazi keza have good weather – mugire ibihe byiza Q: how goes it? – amakuru? A: well  – ni meza Q: abandi baraho? – how are your people? … Continue reading Kinyarwanda: greetings and pleasantries