At the time of this interview, Leonard Rugwabiza was the director general for national planning and research at Rwanda's Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning. Prior to that, he spent two years as an economist with the African Development Bank. Earlier, he served in the strategic planning unit of the Ministry of Finance.
Director General for National Planning and Research
Rwanda Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning
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Thursday, June 3, 2010
Leonard Rugwabiza describes the integrated planning, budgeting, and implementation process involved in imihigo, the Rwanda’s initiative to improve local governance by increasing accountability and implementing economic and social development. Rugwabiza reports on the procedures used to harmonize national and local planning and priorities through an integrated bottom-up and top-down process. He explains that officials at all levels, national and local, were on “performance contracts.” About three-fourths of the mayors in the country’s 30 districts left their jobs in the prior year because of the stress. Nevertheless, Rugawabiza says, measurable improvements in performance and execution could be credited to the process.
Leonard Rugwabiza Interview
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