There is already a lot of heat surrounding the latest book by Ugandan-born Columbia University professor Mahmood Mamdani, Saviors and Survivors. Those whom have been involved in Save Darfur and similar campaigns have taken offense to Mamdani’s harsh criticism of their involvement in Sudan. I have just gotten my hands on a copy and so cannot make an informed opinion of the book, but I am excited to jump into it.
In the meantime, Alex de Waal, director of Justice Africa and expert on Darfur, has reviewed the book here in the Monthly Review. Howard French of the NYT has reviewed it here. And the blogs are hopping, with Easterly chiming in on Aid Watch and a lively debate taking place at the SSRC blog, among others.
Anyone read it yet who’d like to comment?
Rwandan president Paul Kagame’s recent trip to the U.S. has got people talking, particularly about his emphasis on technology and education investment.
It is still too early to judge, but I am enthusiastic about the present Rwandan government investment strategy to initiate the necessary infrastructure to take the technological momentum and unlock the private sector possibilities- building of a national fibre network, roll out of national WiMAX access, a Kigali technology park and business incubator and external fibre landing stations to connect Rwanda to the coming east African undersea fibre. The strategies success or failure will hinge crucially on handover of the impetus to private sector actors. Indeed now it is up to private enterprise, foreign investment and the countries talent to sustain this momentum and fulfil Vision 2020’s ambition of Rwanda as a regional technology and telecommunications hub.
Says Jim Cust, writing for the Bottom Billion Blog.
Africa Unchained also linked to Kagame’s lecture at MIT.
President Kagame will also be visiting Stanford University this month. These are the details I have dug up for those who are interested and in the area:
The Impact of the Global Slowdown on Africa
President Paul Kagame, Republic of Rwanda
April 24, 2009, 4:00-6:00p.m.
Stanford Faculty Club
RSVP’s required and accepted on a first come first serve basis.
Stanford students must show Stanford ID.
RSVP Dafna Baldwin (650) 725-6668 or email@example.com
Check it out and judge for yourself…