Melanie Sany



For more than 15 years, Melanie Sany has designed, managed, and evaluated nonformal and formal education and workforce training programs for youth in developing countries. Her focus is on programs that promote youth livelihood development and social entrepreneurship, giving youth, wherever they live, the soft transferable skills and transition to work services they need to be successful in the marketplace.

Sany leads the international youth and workforce development team at EDC. She has previously served as chief of party for the Akazi Kanoze Youth Livelihoods Project in Rwanda and has designed and managed two additional projects that support and expand the work of Akazi Kanoze, including the Akazi Kanoze 2 project and the Early Childhood Care-giver Professional Development and Certification Program. She has also directed and provided technical support in youth livelihoods to the EQUIP3 IDEJEN project in Haiti, a youth education and workforce development project targeting 13,000 marginalized youth.

Sany holds an MBA from the Audencia Nantes School of Management and an MA from the Universite of Marne la Vallee (both in France).

“A lot of programs teach technical and vocational skills, but they don’t all enable you to grow and adapt over the longer term. This is one of the key strengths of Akazi Kanoze.”

Speaking Highlights

What are Some Current Secondary Education and Transferable Skills Programs in Low- and Middle-Income Countries?

Panel presentation, Secondary Education and Transferable Skills (SETS) Roundtable Event
Washington, DC
April 1, 2015

Organizational Innovations and Sustainable Education—Scale-Up within Reach: A Case Study of the Akazi Kanoze Youth Livelihood Development Program in Rwanda

Co-presentation, 2014 Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES)
Toronto, Canada
March 13, 2014

Selected Publications

Beauvy [Sany], M., Israel, R., Johnson, S., & Guerda Previlon, M. (2008). Lessons learned from moving the Haitian Out-Of-School Youth Livelihood Initiative (IDEJEN) beyond the pilot phase. Waltham, MA/Washington, DC: Education Development Center/U.S. Agency for International Development.