The Price of Progress: Economic Growth, Authoritarianism, and Human Rights in Rwanda



This chapter shows how large agricultural investments in the fight against poverty have given way to considerable economic growth in Rwanda in the past two decades. However, the rise of Rwanda cannot be sustainable if the lingering tension between democracy and development is not addressed. To support this idea, the chapter illustrates how the ideal of modernity and the debates around economic growth and the fight against poverty are closely interconnected. It takes the Rwandan development model as a case study to illustrate how its modernization project has enabled the country to perform in line with core international objectives of the fight against poverty.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Catholic University of LouvainLouvainBelgium
  2. 2.NGO Artsen Zonder VakantieMechelenBelgium

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