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Spring 2022

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Rwanda: Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding


The field of foreign aid has been widely explored, particularly as relates to economic development of developing states. This paper however delves into the specific utilization of foreign aid within the education sector in Rwanda and the effects it bears not just on the recipient state in general, but also on its financial practices with regard to aid. By exploring trends in financial expenditure by aid agencies and government, it appears that foreign aid does not necessarily influence government budget allocations and this absence of ‘crowding-out’ gives Rwanda an upper hand in managing foreign aid. Education also appears to be a major priority for both aid agencies and the Rwandan government in creating a knowledge-based economy. The results also display a shift in GoR priorities within the education sector away from capital expenditure and towards quality of education, measured through various parameters. Aid can therefore be concluded to be beneficial to basic education in Rwanda as a result of good governance and political will.


African Studies | Development Studies | Educational Leadership | Education Economics | Education Policy | International Economics | Nonprofit Administration and Management | Organizational Behavior and Theory


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