Andrew Nkurunziza is the beneficiary of a scholarship from the Anglican Church of Rwanda to study for PhD at Westford University College in Dubai from 2019.

He recently completed a research paper on the Resource capacity and firm competitiveness among small and medium sized enterprises in Kigali city, Rwanda.

After sharing his research results at the University of Dubai, he was invited by the Harvard Club of Boston, Harvard University, USA to present these findings at the international research conference on Management and Humanities that ran from May 26-28.

The findings show that SMEs continued to face problems, restricting their access to international markets. Problems include inadequate funding, inadequate human resources and a lack of teamwork.

As an Anglican Christian, the scholar believes the findings will help his fellow believers in business navigate financial challenges.

“I did my doctorate on a scholarship from the Anglican Church. The church will benefit from my work as they are also running various businesses around the country. I also work with other Christians to overcome challenges facing church businesses,” he added.

Nkurunziza noted that the findings will contribute to understanding the financial capacity challenges faced by small businesses and how to work with the government to address them.

“I am honored to be one of the researchers who presented their work at Harvard, and I’m the only African to get this opportunity. I am proud to represent my country,” Nkurunziza said.

The findings are expected to be published later on various media platforms.