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Title:Rwanda's Vision 2020 halfway through: what the eye does not see
Authors:Ansoms, AnISNI
Rostagno, DonatellaISNI
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy (ISSN 0305-6244)
Geographic term:Rwanda
Subjects:economic policy
poverty reduction
Abstract:This paper considers the progress made in the implementation of Rwanda's Vision 2020 programme since its launch in 2000. At the halfway point, the overall picture is quite encouraging. Rwanda's economy is thriving and reported growth figures have been impressive. The country is on track to meet the Millennium Development Goals in the fields of education and health care. Its political leaders have been praised for their quality of technocratic governance and their proactive approach to creating an attractive business climate. However, some indicators remain problematic. This paper argues that the current strategy - one of maximum growth at any cost - is counterproductive to the objective of achieving the greatest possible poverty reduction. Strong economic growth, concentrated in the hands of a small elite, results in a highly skewed developmental path with limited trickle-down potential. A possible alternative lies in an exploration of a broad-based inclusive growth model founded on existing strengths and the notion of capacity building among rural small-scale farmers. Striving for a more inclusive concept of growth would appear to be crucial not only for successful poverty reduction, but also with a view to promoting long-term stability and peace in Rwanda. App., bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]