Yvette Ruzibiza

My name is Yvette Ruzibiza, and I will be working at the UvA as a PhD researcher for the coming 4 years (2016-2020)

A small piece of history... Born in Bujumbura-Burundi, I grew up in Bujumbura-Burundi and Kigali-Rwanda. I hold a Masters of Arts in Development Studies, the Social justice perspective (Human rights, Gender, peace and conflict specialization) from the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University in The Hague, Thanks to a Nuffic Scholarship award.

My Masters’ research (at ISS ) was on what works in relation to girls’ empowerment through education. A case study of a project by PLAN and Aflatoun in Rwanda.

Before joining UVA, I worked with Child and Youth Finance International (CYFI), an International NGO based in Amsterdam, where I was the regional expert for children & youth financial education and financial inclusion for Francophone Africa. In this capacity, I led CFYI’s efforts to empower children and youth by ensuring that youth receive a quality social and financial education, ensuring inclusive financial systems and regulations, and building platforms to foster livelihoods through entrepreneurship and employability within the region.

Furthermore, I worked 7 years progressively in the development sector within the fields of Women and Youth economic empowerment in Rwanda, and have created significant results, which is also where my current special expertise lies. I have extensive experience with delivering quality trainings and with developing and improving training materials.

What will be my PhD research on at UVA? I am deeply interested in topics related to Gender development which is why I joined UVA to research on SRHR.

UvA and Rutgers have joined efforts in a research project, funded by NWO-WOTRO. The research focuses on how young people navigate sexuality in Burundi, and what role comprehensive sexuality education can play (can they put in practice what they learned?). I will be the PhD researcher working and collaborating with stakeholders from Burundi and Uganda.

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University of Amsterdam
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