Rwanda’s Not-So-Improbable Ambition To Be A Startup Hub of Africa

Rwanda’s Not-So-Improbable Ambition To Be A Startup Hub of Africa – TechCrunch

Dec 16, 2015 by Kim-Mai Cutler – TechCrunch

Key Facts

  • The country is at the forefront of a broader story of economic growth across Sub-Saharan Africa, which has the potential to repeat the trajectory that pulled hundreds of millions of people out of poverty in both East Asia and Latin America.
  • While there were more than a dozen clans prior to colonialism, a strong sense of ethnic difference did not really become amplified until the Belgian regime began issuing identity cards in the 1930s that separated Rwandans into Hutus and a ruling Tutsi class, sowing the roots of a rivalry for power and resources that has torn the country apart in multiple conflicts throughout the 20th century.
  • We don’t have the natural resources that you see from other African countries like Nigeria,” said Antoine Sebera, who came out of the country’s first undergraduate class of computer science students in the early 2000s and is now the chief human resources officer for Olleh, a mobile carrier.
  • Earlier this month, the U.S.’s ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, who wrote a book on the legal and justice implications of genocide in a “A Problem From Hell,” urged Kagame to step down at the end of his term and make way for a peaceful transition to a new generation of leaders.

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