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Paul Kagame on Foreign Aid vs. Trade in Rwanda

"There is bad aid and there is good aid. The bad aid is that one which creates dependencies, but good aid is that which is targeted to create capacities in people so that they are able to live on their own activities."

Paul Kagame was sworn in as President of the Republic of Rwanda for a seven-year term in 2003 and was re-elected to a second term in 2010. Growing up as a refugee in Uganda, Kagame was among the men who launched a liberation war in Uganda that eventually deposed dictator Idi Amin. Kagame also served as a senior officer in the army that led a guerilla army back into his Rwanda and ended the genocide 100 days after it began. Before his presidency, Kagame served as Vice-President and Minister for Defense in the Government of National Unity and Chairman of the Rwandan Patriotic Front. He also served as the 1st Vice President of the African Union. Kagame has received many awards: the Global Leadership Award, the Andrew Young Medal for Capitalism and Social Progress, the African National Achievement Award, the ICT Africa Award, and the African Gender Award.


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