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Friday, 5 May 2017

Trump Administration Foreign Aid cuts will affect Rwanda more than any country in the Great Lakes Region of Africa.

Mulamba Jean Paul

Rwanda will lose close to $60 million annually. However, Trump administration will still send about $200 million to Rwanda under Economic Assistance program. Obama used to send more than $200 million. Military cooperation funding for Rwanda will be kept to bare minimum.

Unfortunately, Rwanda's most "juicy" peacekeeping mission , the Haiti Peacekeeping mission, will close in October, 2017. The Central African Republic and South Sudan peacekeeping missions are expected to downsize.These two peacekeeping missions are a substantial source of foreign currency for Rwanda.

Trump Administration has increased funding for Somalia and South Sudan but reduced funding for Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. Burundi, which previously received less than $2 million from the US, is not on the list of recipients.
I hope, probably against hope, that the European Union will be more " generous" to Rwanda.

Charles Kambanda

Mulamba Jean Paul / Author & Editor

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