It now easier to understand where the land of a thousand hills started from as the country has launched the Rwandapedia; Through this platform anyone can access cultural and historical information.
The portal was launched, with the help of the African Development Bank(AfDB), at the recent Transform Africa Summit’s Cultural Gala.
The online archive is a free, openly accessible platform on Rwanda’s post genocide development including Home Grown Solutions, sustainable development programs derived from the ways Rwandans historically dealt with various challenges, modernized to fit the 21 century context.
Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo, said the documents, statistics, videos, photos and audio would be useful to students, journalists and anyone who wanted accurate information about Rwanda’s post genocide journey.
“It is a means by which Rwandans can share the story of ourselves, our country, and especially our reconstruction journey, our development. It is done in a very transparent way, a credible way and it is accessible to all. It solves the problem of inconsistent and patchy record keeping during the post-genocide critical development period,” she said.
Negatu Makonnen, AfDB’s Resident Representative in Rwanda, said: “This project has been great for two reasons. The first is that it shows how working with this government is made easy by the leadership and how they get things done. The second is that it gives access to accurate primary information that enables Rwanda to tell its story. The Bank is proud to support this project and we hope it can be replicated throughout the continent.”