It’s been 21 years since the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, such devastating tragedy there are always losses in most areas of a country life. One of the biggest issues was that there were almost 100,000 prisoners in prisons who were all waiting for their trials. There have been a lot of environmental issues related to the prisons’, one being that the wood from neighboring forests was used for cooking to feed the prisoners, which was accelerating deforestation until the time Rwanda Correctional Service started using biogas.
It's 4pm, I am at Nyarutarama. I login to a smart phone app, put in a location and send a motorcycle request to the nearest motorcycle, 2 minutes later the moto guy arrives and calls to let me know that he is waiting for me, at the same time I receive a notification letting me know that he has reached my place. He drops me at Remera with a meter to calculate the number of kilometers run and I pay 300 Rwfs (US $ 0.39), it was really a nice experience. Welcome to the new time-efficient and convenient motorcycle booking and travel system in Rwanda—Safemotos!
Rwanda is undergoing power shortages as their hydroelectric plants are not sufficient to fulfil the current energy demands. This is due to an increase in investment in the region with new businesses setting up, and also due to the impact of climate change on reducing water supply for the hydro power plants. The Government of Rwanda is quite aware of this situation and seeks for long-term solutions, signing an energy agreement with Kenya. The Government of Rwanda is also developing more renewable energy projects to become self-sufficient.
Founded in January 2013, African Renewable Energy Distributor (ARED) seeks to provide stable and reliable energy solutions to rural and urban areas in Africa, employing innovative technologies on a micro and macro level. Henri Nyakarundi is founder and managing director of ARED, a Rwandan-based and award-winning renewable energy company specializing in the development of mobile solar kiosks.
When you arrive at Kigali International Airport or any other border of Rwanda, you might get surprised when you see that your plastic bags are confiscated if you have some items packed into plastics bags. Since 2008, Rwanda has established a law regarding the prohibition of the importation and usage of polyethylene bags, and set heavy fines to anyone trying to import or use them. Plastic bags were replaced by paper bags. However, there are some situations where plastic bags are needed, such as in the health and agriculture sector, so there was a need to come up with an innovative solution to avoid environmental damage that can be caused by those plastic bags.
Most developing countries lack enough power supply in rural areas for at least the basic usage such as lighting, phone charging, TV, radio, etc. Though many African countries are discovering the potential that they have by being positioned in a great sunny region, and governments are now capitalizing on the development of renewable energy projects, and the corporate sector has realized the latent business opportunities and they can make a positive impact to different communities. The government of Rwanda has invested a lot in solar power projects to help the community living in remote areas to access power.
Lake Kivu is one of the African Great Lakes that contain such dangerous gasses that can cause a sudden release. Due to the high methane gas volume in Lake Kivu, the Government of Rwanda has decided to step up in this large-scale methane gas extraction from the waters of Lake Kivu and use the gas to generate electricity that will be sold to the Rwanda electricity utility and it will be added to the national grid power sources.
The construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) resonates of nothing but patriotism and deep commitment of Ethiopians towards achieving clean energy for their country. Since the inception of the dam in 2010, there have been a number of issues but the project is now moving ahead at full steam.
According to the African Development Bank (AFDB), more than 30 million Africans (about 3% of Africa’s total population) are living outside their home countries. This figure includes those living within other African countries. These African migrants send money to their families in Africa. Remittances by African migrants play an important role as a source of financing and foreign exchange for African households and countries. For Africa as a whole, remittance inflows have more than quadrupled since 1990, reached US $40 billion in 2011. This represents about 3% of Africa’s total GDP. Globally, the amount of remittances reached US $300 billion in 2010, surpassing foreign direct investments (FDI) and official development assistance (ODA) combined.
Over the past decade, the importance of money transfer flows between African countries and the rest of the world has received widespread attention from the media, governments, development agencies and the private sector. This attention, and especially the quantiﬁcation of money transfer ﬂows, has brought greater competition and the adoption of new technologies among Money Transfer Operators (MTOs). Together these factors have contributed to sharply lowering the cost of sending money.