Sunday, May 26, 2013

Exchange about entrepreneurship and transformational leadership skills

Exchange about entrepreneurship and transformational leadership skills.
By Agnes Binagwaho

The 21st May, I met with a delegation of 31 bright students from the Wharton School of Business of the University of #Pennsylvania. They came in #Rwanda as part of the #Wharton’s Global Modular Course (GMC) program. This team of Masters of Business students came in Rwanda to learn about entrepreneurship and transformational leadership skills in emerging markets. This MBA course aim to learn “in country” and on the ground, about these practical subjects.
We had a interesting interactive session in a panel between them, Honorable Minister of Agriculture;  Agnes Kalibata and the DG RSSB; Angelique  
The students got the approach right, since they met with us after they had visited several activities at community level; among them was a visit to beneficiaries of the project one cow, one family, one to a health center and another to a school. Following these field trips, it became easier for to explain how wealth and health of each and every citizen is at the center of our sustainable development plan.
We debated the Rwandan approach to gender equity, what were the next steps to take in that area. We discussed how our agriculture had brought food security; contributed in the fight against malnutrition and in the economic growth. We also explained how we sustain community health programs and generate economic growth at village level, with the community health workers cooperatives. These were examples of the ways in which all sectors contribute to the national journey in making the country a mid income nation.
We discussed the principle of the country’s ownership and consensus approach in regards to the decisions taken after wide consultations and vertical and horizontal people’s participation
They asked us how we prepare the next generation to sustain the  gains made and how in the future we intend to maintain the highly positive mood and energy of Rwandan and carry our development forward. We explained that we still have a long way to go and that every passing day, we prepare our future, this is part of everything we do, to create an enabling environment of peace, security and a climate for financial stability. For example we explained the requirements of the Human resources for Health since we will educate the doctors and specialists nurses we need as we use more health services than ever before as our population ages, because of the reduction in premature deaths, and also because the profile of our epidemiology and morbidity is changing. We also had exchanges on how we built the Community Health Insurance, which based on social solidarity, in order to reduce financial barriers to health services and how solidarity has helped mental health care recovery, in a country with too few mental health specialists. 
More over we are proud that for the majority today Rwanda is no longer associate only to 1994 genocide but to quick progress, attaining the MDGs, to promotion of universal access to basic rights such as education, and health, to home grown innovative solution, using our culture to find solution for who we want to be etc.… 
The students asked us what we would like them to take away from their visit in Rwanda we proposed to them to contribute to our social change to invest or having projects in Rwanda.
As they asked why the image in the northern press of our country is bad and don’t reflect the reality we told them to keep their critical analytic mind and not always to believe what is the written by press and to develop an evidence based judgment
Judge the democratie of a country on what are the outcome a for its people while harming no one on earth and not on rigid inappropriate scholar definitions.