Didace Bienvenu Irafasha is an MPP Candidate from Rwanda at the Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs. Prior to joining Yale, Didace worked as a trainee in the United Nations system, namely the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the Permanent Mission of Rwanda to the United Nations. He worked on a range of international development topics, including analyzing sustainable procurement policies at UNDP, researching the financing of youth employment and green-skills development in developing countries while at IFAD, as well as reporting on Rwanda’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and blended finance policies for climate change adaptation and mitigation.

In addition to his interest in international development, Didace also led the education and partnerships departments at an ed-tech startup in Tunisia to help students from the MENA region access world-class higher education opportunities. 

During his time at Yale, Didace is looking to focus on financing policies for sustainable development, regional economic integrations, and exploring the interlinkages between education and public policy. He earned a BA in economics and political science from Columbia University. Didace is a native Kinyarwanda speaker and is fluent in French.