Can a Failed Rwandan Housing Project Offer Lessons for the Future?

By Tom Gardner

Marie-Claire Kayeze sat in front of her home, surrounded by her seven children, clutching a letter.

"They keep moving me," she said angrily. "This is a good home, and I want to stay here."

Kayeze was forced to move to Batsinda, a cheap housing estate in a northern Kigali suburb in 2007 after her old neighbourhood was cleared to make way for a proposed new business district in the Rwandan capital.