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Has Rwanda's Development Strategy Incorporated Freedom as a Tool? an Analysis of the Country's Development Path Using Amartya Sen's Development as Freedom
by Monimambo, Jennifer, M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2019, 72; 28317913
Abstract (Summary)

Understanding the best possible way to develop a country economically, politically and socially is crucial to acquire sustainable development. Rwanda, a country that has faced a difficult era due to political and social tension, is the perfect subject to access when it comes to development. Twenty-four years post genocide, the country is not as it was before the horrendous atrocity. Hence, this thesis focuses on the progress catalyzed by the government and analyzes the results of their efforts on improving the living standards. To do so thoroughly, Development as Freedom Theory, created by Amartya Sen, will be used as the primary method of analysis.The use of the Development as freedom theory, also helps us understand the level of freedom in Rwanda. According to this theory freedom is the primary tool of sustainable development. Many countries mistakenly tend to disregard freedom during the developmental process and visit it later when the country is already economically developed. However, freedom results in positive cooperation from the population towards improving the future of their country. Without the input from the citizens, development never fully met as the government does not have the correct perspective when it comes to improving quality of life.At a glance, we can hypothesize that Rwanda seems to be a reasonably free society, even so the question is if the concept of freedom is being used as a developmental strategy and measurement development. For example, are residents allowed to criticize the government? Has there been an increase in education, healthcare and sanitation? These questions, which can be used to asses population freedom, will be answered within this research.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Perry, Susan
Commitee: Golub, Philip
School: The American University of Paris (France)
Department: International Affairs
School Location: France
Source: MAI 82/8(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: African history, Sustainability
Keywords: Amartya Sen, Colonization, Development, Freedom, Rwanda, Rwandan Genocide
Publication Number: 28317913
ISBN: 9798582536031
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