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Bertrand Mpigabahizi is the Democracy and Governance Practice Associate at Chemonics International; his technical background include cross-sectoral integrated governance, institutional capacity building, rule of law and security sector reform, social and political accountability, and the political economies of Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, and South and Southeast Asia. Bertrand currently supports Chemonics’ democracy and governance project portfolio of 15 active projects around the world; his portfolio also includes the Strengthening Deliberative Bodies (LS) and International Rule of Law Technical Assistance Services indefinite quantity contracts (IQCs). He also manages the 5-year, $42 million USAID/Vietnam Governance for Inclusive Growth (GIG) project currently implemented by Chemonics; the project provides technical assistance, training, institutional strengthening, grants, and other direct support to the government, private sector, and civil society to foster inclusive economic growth and empower policy development and reform.
Bertrand graduated from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University with a degree in in international politics, security policy, and Arabic; he also studied Arabic at the Arabic Language Institute (ALI) at the American University of Cairo (AUC) as a David L. Boren Scholar (2011-2012). Bertrand has previous research and program management experience at the Institute of International Economic Policy (IIEP), Creative Associates International, the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) at the U.S. Department of State (DOS), Peace Corps, and American Red Cross.
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