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Combating corruption in Rwanda: lessons for policy makers

Eiji Oyamada (Graduate School of Global Studies, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan)

Asian Education and Development Studies

ISSN: 2046-3162

Article publication date: 10 July 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the Rwandan government’s anti-corruption strategy and identify lessons for policymakers in other countries.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper relies on materials obtained from the Rwandan government, from websites, research reports, press articles and publications as well as interviews with scholars, with Rwandan government officials, and the staff of non-governmental organizations.

Findings

The Rwandan government formulates and implements its anti-corruption efforts via donors’ governance support and homegrown initiatives. Corruption has been minimized by eradicating opportunities for misconduct and by focusing on governance reforms and maintaining a zero-tolerance policy against corruption. Political will and strong leadership, the active role played by the anti-corruption agency, and effective governance reform have made Rwanda’s anti-corruption activities successful.

Originality/value

This paper is a scholarly examination of the Rwandan government’s anti-corruption strategy.

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Citation

Oyamada, E. (2017), "Combating corruption in Rwanda: lessons for policy makers", Asian Education and Development Studies, Vol. 6 No. 3, pp. 249-262. https://doi.org/10.1108/AEDS-03-2017-0028

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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