There have been hundreds of books written about Rwanda – as the literary world tracks the country’s emergency from the destruction of the 1994 genocide against Tutsis. The latest is taking a different approach; digging deep to let you understand what has made things work in Rwanda.
The book is titled: “Rwanda, Inc.: How a Devastated Nation Became an Economic Model for the Developing World”. It has not yet got to the shelves. It gets there on November 13, 2012. Global online retailer Amazon.com is already advertising the book.
It is written by best-selling author Patricia Crisafulli and corporate consultant Andrea Redmond.
In the review of the book, Amazon says it takes “a timely and fascinating look at the implications of Rwanda’s success for the rest of the continent—and the world.”
Here is how Amazon reviewed the book:
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.