Can Rwanda be the Singapore of Africa?


Africa, till this date, is often seen as one of the poorest continent around the world. It holds the majority of the world’s least developed countries. Many countries suffer economically due to a corrupted government! But, Africa is BIG! There are 54 countries. And not, all of it fall under the generalization. Rwanda is the perfect example of this!

One of the easiest way to compare countries is through their indicators, and Rwanda’s are impressive. It is seen that out of every 100,000 people, Rwanda has an average of 2.5 murders per year only. As a point of comparison, that’s lower than India’s 3.2 and USA’s 5.4. It’s even more impressive when we look at the kind of the neighborhood Rwanda lives in. Uganda has 11.5, Tanzania has 7, Burundi has 6 and the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) has 13.6 murders per 100,000. In addition, Rwanda is ranked as 48th least corrupt country. This might not be that perfect but it is 2nd in Africa after Botswana.

Rwanda has a life expectancy of 67. This is 4th best in Africa and is slightly below world average. What’s truly unbelievable is that 25 years ago, an average Rwandan life expectancy was just 28 years.

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