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Chief of Party, USAID Rwanda Soma Umenye Steve Blunden

Steve’s career has largely focused on designing activities to enable systemic change in the delivery of education in East, West, and Southern Africa. Following twenty years as CEO of Link Community Development, establishing education programs in South Africa, Ghana, Uganda, Malawi and Ethiopia, Steve moved to Cambridge Education in 2014, leading their partnership with Chemonics on the Assistance to Basic Education Learn to Read Now program. Steve joined Chemonics in 2017 and currently serves as chief of party of USAID Soma Umenye, USAID Rwanda’s flagship early grade reading project working with the Rwanda Basic Education Board to improve reading proficiency of grade 1-3 students nationwide.