Gleeful Rwanda-haters thought that our world would end with the suspension of aid worth 46 million but I disagreed. As did international rating agencies such as Fitch. Former UK Minister of International Development, Andrew Mitchell, is getting quite a battering from British newspapers for unblocking 16 million Pounds, but perhaps he will have the last laugh.
Professor James Putzel, co-author of Meeting the Challenges of Crisis States, a report from the London School of Economics, questions the decision of the EU, the US and Germany to partially freezing aid.
“Donors have been precipitous in suspending aid,” said Putzel. “The evidence is much more mixed and it’s complicated. Of course there are some ethnic and family links across the border, but generally the Rwandan government has been judicious in staying its hand.”