Edouard studied Gender and Development “masters’ level” at the University of Rwanda. He has more than 14 years of experience working with international and local non-governmental organizations in areas of policy development and advocacy; organizational capacity building; management of poverty reduction and rural development programs; promotion of human rights, gender mainstreaming and research; and has extensive skills in civil society organizations and conflict management.
Edouard worked as an active human rights actor within Human Rights Organizations in Rwanda as a volunteer for the “Association des Volontaires de la Paix (AVP)”, he co-founded and led the youth Association for Human Rights and Development (AJPRODHO-JIJUKIRWA), thereafter he worked as the senior civil society development and capacity building program officer at TROCAIRE (an Irish organization engaged in charity and economic justice programs overseas). Edouard also worked as a senior advisor for conflict management with USAID before becoming the national coordinator of socio-economic development projects implemented through the Office of the First Lady of Rwanda. Her Foundation now called “Imbuto Foundation” promotes girls’ education and women’s leadership, and provides support to vulnerable people, especially survivors of genocide, orphans of genocide and HIV/AIDS, child-headed households and people living with HIV and AIDS in Rwanda.
He then joined the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and worked under direct supervision of the Head of Cooperation as a Senior Development Officer in charge of rural development programs and other development projects funded by CIDA, the management of bilateral cooperation affairs including management of the Canadian official development aid to Rwanda, the Canadian voluntary sector (all Canadian NGOs working in Rwanda) and overseeing all cross-cutting realities through the implementation of the country cooperation framework as agreed between the Government of Rwanda and CIDA.
Edouard is the co-founder of the Rwanda Men’s Resource Centre (RWAMREC), a men’s organization working to promote positive masculinities to end gender-based violence and ensure human rights respect gender equitable development in Rwanda. He is currently working for RWAMREC as the executive director.
Edouard worked in South Sudan in the position of Gender and Women’s Protection Technical Advisor for Nonviolent Peaceforce (an international humanitarian organization) that prevents conflicts, provides protection and security for unarmed civilians and builds the capacity of stakeholders for peacebuilding.
Edouard was elected as the chairperson and the Spokesperson of the Rwanda Civil Society Platform composed of 15 umbrella organizations, which were composed of 743 national organizations in Rwanda. Edouard was also appointed by the cabinet as one of 12 Commissioners of the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission established under the office of the President by the 2003 Constitution, and member of the national labor council. Edouard is married and the father of three children.