Manu Kabahizi is an international consultant working at the intersections of information, society, and policy. His work in mobile has been featured at the 2013 Personal Democracy Forum, 2012 ITU Conference, and 2011 Broadband Commission. He currently holds a position as a Digital Editor for the International Institute for Sustainable Development reporting on multilateral processes on sustainable development, climate change, and other issues. Manu also consults for various digital advocacy organizations, including The Rules, Purpose, and Online Progressive Engagement Networks.
Manu’s work has always been influenced by an understanding of gender and narrative. He has worked on such projects as the documentation of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence of the 1994 Genocide, and has researched and presented on the importance and challenges of documenting Sexual and Gender Based violence in post-conflict development. In 2009, Manu acted as a field researcher for National Democratic Institute’s Women and Political Parties Best Practices Guidebook, interviewing female leaders in the country with the world’s highest female leadership in government.
In 2011, Manu worked with Nike Foundation’s Girlhub to develop traditional insight and appreciation of teenage girls into a girl-centered positive engagement platform. Distributed monthly and largely produced by girls, Nyampinga is now Rwanda’s most widely circulated magazine and the only magazine for girls. Manu lives in Toronto and travels regularly to his home country, Rwanda, where he is a partner in a software firm.