The constitution provides for a separation of powers, but the parliament’s counterbalancing power is weak, since it has a biased composition, arranged by the executive. The government is anxious to show the outside world a well-functioning parliamentary and judiciary system rather than its monopoly of power.

Economic growth has been somewhat higher in Rwanda than in the other member states of the East African Community (EAC), primarily because Rwanda receives a greater amount of foreign aid, far above average. However, Rwanda’s main structural defects continue.

The government openly criticizes the notion of civil society as a counterweight to government and insists that national and international NGOs must be effective partners in service delivery for development.

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