Home grown solutions

based on local opportunities, cultural values and history

Home Grown Solutions (HGS) are Rwanda’s ’trade mark’ solutions developed by the Rwandan citizens based on local opportunities, cultural values and history to fast track their development.

The globalization of economic exchanges has generated a particular imaginary: the possibility of solving local problems with identical solutions, whatever the context. In contrast to this movement, Rwanda has initiated a reflection on endogenous, “home-grown” solutions, which are envisaged and implemented to meet the challenges facing the country.

Drawing on culture and traditions

This choice has led to revisiting the heritage of local cultural and social practices to inspire actions adapted to the present time. Revisiting this heritage has led to important measures on the legal, economic and social levels: setting up people’s jurisdictions (gacaca), collective work (umuganda), governance by contract and commitment to objectives (imihigo), poverty reduction (girinka), etc.

Worldwide “Home grown solutions”

While the home-grown solutions implemented in Rwanda draw on the country’s culture and social traditions, the public policies resulting from them can and should be shared. Likewise, responses to problems encountered in other countries, also based on the reinvestment of local cultural and social practices, can inspire actions and policies to be carried out in Rwanda.

The “Home grown solutions” research group initiated by Inter-Culturel explores this movement for endogenous solutions in the world so that its different declinations can be capitalized, shared and inspire locally the experimentation of innovative actions.

Drawing on Rwandan Language Fertile Heritages

Drawing on Rwandan Language Fertile Heritages

Websites

RDB (HGS)
RDB (HGS)    
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