Gustavo Payan



Gustavo Payan is an international development specialist with extensive experience in Central America, Eastern Europe, and the Philippines. An impassioned advocate for youth violence prevention, he builds programs and influences policy to foster peace and security through promoting access to education and economic opportunity.

Payan has designed, managed, and provided technical assistance to youth and workforce development initiatives that have improved outcomes for thousands of young people. He has also led and supported learning communities and networks that seek to promote education and youth development.

His management experience ranges from directing multimillion dollar grants from the U.S. Agency for International Development to smaller strategic initiatives funded through private foundations. He collaborates extensively with local stakeholders and is adept at forging new partnerships to address critical issues in international development, such as finding peaceful alternatives for youth in violent contexts. He is currently one of the two EDC representatives to the Inter-Agency Network of Education in Emergencies.

Payan earned an MA in sustainable international development from Brandeis University.

“Where existing educational systems serve too few, too poorly, alternative education, work readiness skills, and technical and vocational training can fill the gaps.”



Giving Migrant Families a Reason to Stay Home
Huffington Post, August 19, 2014

In Search of a Better Future
EDC, September 12, 2014

Leaving the Weapons at Home
Huffington Post, November 11, 2013

Selected Publications

Reisman, L., & Payan, G. (2015). Turning away from MS-13 and al-Shabaab: Analyzing youth resilience in Honduras and North East Kenya. Waltham, MA: Education Development Center.

Cohan, L., Mayberry, B., Payan, G., & Rosiak, J. (2013, November). Honduras cross-sectoral youth violence prevention assessment. Washington, DC: U.S. Agency for International Development.

Chugani, N., & Payan, G. (2012). Addressing corruption in education: A toolkit for youth from youth. Waltham, MA: Education Development Center.

Selected Resources

This report details the work of EDC’s Proyecto METAS to improve education for employment, learning, and success in Honduras. Specific challenges to program implementation are discussed, as are innovative solutions.
This report analyzes survey data from 200 participants in USAID-funded, EDC-implemented youth programs in North East Kenya and Honduras.
EDC’s Proyecto METAS conducted a survey in three at-risk urban communities in Honduras between March and May 2013.