The concept of 'agaciro' is central to how Rwanda engages with the international community and promotes its state interests.
AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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The African Peer Review Mechanism got off to a good start, but enthusiasm soon waned.
Repression is on the rise in Zambia under President Edgar Lungu.
Democratic and authoritarian countries are moving further away from each other.
Fighting deadly diseases such as Ebola is a strong case for providing donor aid to authoritarian countries like the DRC.
Aid has never been just about helping people. It's also about gaining influence and exercising soft power.
Elections, and observer processes are a big priority in Africa.
Surveys shows that the majority of Africans prefer democracy, despite its flaws, to the alternatives.
Inside the 1994 Kigali Genocide Memorial.
An investigative work by journalist Judi Rever is an indictment, describing massacres committed by the Kagame regime so as to establish their qualification as a genocide.
Arsenal FC’s new sponsor is Rwanda.
Political ethics and sports don't match well. The recent deal between Rwanda and Arsenal is potentially a case in point.
Rwanda’s Genocide Memorial burial site.
As Rwanda marks the 24th anniversary of the 1994 genocide, much more needs to be done to unite the country.
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Writing about Rwanda sometimes gives the impression of crossing a minefield. It is not a question of controversies between researchers but of denunciation and intimidation.
Jose Eduardo dos Santos has stepped down as president of Angola but the country’s political system hasn’t been overhauled.
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No one is immune to change in leadership that has led many African presidents to lose their coveted top job.
Paul Kagame has exercised firm personal control over Rwanda’s politics since becoming president in 2000.
The Rwandan model can't be replicated easily given that it depends heavily on political dominance and tight, centralised control of patronage networks.
President of the AU Alpha Conde, European Council President Donald Tusk (L) and President of the EU Jean-Claude Juncker.
The transformation of the EU-Africa summit series into the EU-AU summit is more than just a change of name. It reflects the increasing recognition of the AU as an international actor.
An elderly woman displays her inked finger after casting her vote during the 2016 presidential elections in Uganda.
The outcome of the race between increasingly artful electoral manipulation and limitless possible manifestations of democratic expression is never entirely certain.
Rwandan presidential candidate, Frank Habineza, waves to supporters.
With frequent irregularities, it's easy to become cynical about elections in Africa. But polls are an essential component of the continent's growing democracy.
Rwanda’s election is being watched closely by observers concerned about an erosion of democracy.
The next Rwandan presidential election will take place in a week's time. Incumbent Paul Kagame will be the certain victor, but a few other candidates have thrown their hats in the ring.
The 28th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The African Union is changing the way it does business. Its new reforms, led by Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, call for fewer strategic priorities and addressing bureaucratic bottlenecks.
Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame is seen as having promoted economic growth at the expense of human rights.
To improve, African countries need to find a balance between political and economic matters. This is where leadership becomes particularly important. But this is currently lacking on the continent.
A policewoman carries a Burundi flag during a protest against President Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term.
The competition between the two authoritarian regimes has become a fact that, given the regional context, is here to last. It justifies repression and indefinitely postpones democratic expression.
In the 1990s Paul Kagame of Rwanda, along with Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia, were considered the democratic darlings of Africa.
Africa's democratic promise of the 1990s has lost its shine. Hopes for accountable rule have faded in Uganda, Ethiopia and Rwanda. All have blocked the path to meaningful popular empowerment.
Victims of sexual violence in eastern Congo, 2007.
Even with the end of the war in central Africa, continuing instability in the region has triggered an epidemic of rape.