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In Rwanda, Reform Progressing on Many Fronts

In a checkout line at Kigali's Nakumatt shopping center, employees pack groceries in paper bags. After non-biodegradable polythene bags were banned in 2008, owners found that stocking plastic in their stores carried a risk of going to jail. The ban is part of an environmental campaign that has earned Rwanda the reputation as the cleanest country in Africa. Another hallmark initiative is "Umuganda," a mandatory day of community service held on the last Saturday of every...

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