Friday, October 21, 2011
This article from Foreign Policy two days ago on Rwanda's quest to become something akin to Africa's Singapore is a very interesting read. There is a linguistic dimension too that the article doesn't get into: Rwanda has recently made English one of its official languages, in addition to the existing Kinyarwanda and French. Having both English and French as official languages makes sense given where it is located - French Africa is just to the west, and a number of countries with English as an official language to the east.
Size is also an advantage here: while an inefficient government is inefficient in even a small state, an efficient government that works well in a small state can still be rendered inefficient by a large and unwieldy geography.