Eighteen years after the genocide that made Rwanda international news, yet 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 and Andrea Redmond look at Kagame's leadership, his drive for excellence and execution that draws comparisons to American CEOs 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 in encouraging private sector development and fostering entrepreneurship while also making gains in education, health care, 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.
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"Part business text and part history, this nonfiction narrative is told at a brisk pace, not unfamiliar to those who enjoy this genre. Hillary Huber delivers a capable performance in this chronicle of the past and future of Rwanda's economic rehabilitation. Her tone is confident and authoritative, carrying forward complex sentences, whether they're about historical or development issues. The pauses and breaks after major ideas are welcome so that the reader can absorb the advanced level of detail being presented. If one is listening at length, without breaks, the overall effect might become slightly monotonous or even robotic since the delivery is so consistent throughout. Those familiar with business volumes, however, will likely find this an engaging listen, made personable by Huber's voice. M.R. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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