Don't Worry, We’ll Save You! - A critical discourse analysis of the DFID policy in Rwanda

Stefanie Møllegaard Nielsen & Gisele Enilda Fedorchuk

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Social dynamics depend on the use of language. Therefore, when exploring the relationships between states in the system of development assistance, it is important to consider their discourses. Their analysis contributes to the understanding of why they choose certain strategies, engage in partnerships or support certain regimes, and revels differences and coherences between the discourse at a general level and the country level. This project studies the case of a major development agency, the Department For International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom and its role in Rwanda, a country that until recently used to be remembered for the 1994 genocide, and today is Africa’s poster child thanks to the its controversial leader Paul Kagame. The analysis of the DFID’s discourses for general policy and Rwanda evidence a discrepancy that is rooted in the approach that the Rwandan president has taken to democracy and freedom of speech, and its clash with the DFID’s general discourse of liberal democracy.

UddannelserInternationale Udviklingsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato26 maj 2014
VejledereTobias Hagmann


  • DFID
  • critical discourse analysis
  • Rwanda
  • United Kingdom
  • Discourses
  • Aid
  • Fairclough