Catherine Honeyman, PhD


Dr. Catherine Honeyman is an expert in education quality, employment, and entrepreneurship with extensive experience leading research and policy analysis, as well as providing technical assistance in a variety of developing country contexts, including Rwanda, Colombia, Pakistan, Algeria, and El Salvador. She is currently World Learning’s senior youth workforce specialist, providing organizational leadership and technical assistance to development projects in the areas of formal and non-formal education programming, youth workforce development, employment, and entrepreneurship, and fostering youth leadership for community development.

Dr. Honeyman also holds a Senior Fellow appointment at the Duke Center for International Development, Duke University. Prior to her current position, she led research and policy work in the areas of education and youth livelihoods as managing director of Ishya Consulting Ltd. In this capacity, Dr. Honeyman served as a consultant for the UNESCO-International Institute for Education Planning (IIEP) developing guidance for education policy makers around the world on improving education quality via the UNESCO/IIEP Learning Portal. Her other education quality-related work for Ishya Consulting included political economy analysis and national policy development to promote emergent, early, higher-order, and adult literacy development in Rwanda, among other projects.

Dr. Honeyman has also worked extensively in supporting youth, workforce development, and entrepreneurship programming, including support to the USAID/Global Communities project Higa Ubeho/Social Services for Vulnerable Populations and USAID/EDC project Akazi Kanoze/Work Well Done in Rwanda, and work with the rural secondary school system Sistema de Aprendizaje Tutorial in Colombia. She has published a number of academic articles, research reports, and other publications on youth, education, and workforce development, including her book, The Orderly Entrepreneur: Youth, Education, and Governance in Rwanda. Dr. Honeyman holds a PhD in comparative and international education with a minor in business and applied economics, a master’s degree in educational policy studies from the University of Wisconsin, and a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Harvard University. She speaks English, French, Spanish, and Kinyarwanda.  

Select Publications

Honeyman, C.A., Cordisco Tsai, L., Chervin, N., Sany, M., Ubaldo, J. (2021). Workforce Skills Curriculum Development in Context: Case Studies in Rwanda, Algeria, and the Philippines. In Murphy-Graham, E. and DeJaeghere, J. Life Skills Education for Youth: Critical Perspectives, edited by Erin Murphy-Graham and Joan DeJaeghere. Springer.

Dusabe, C., Pisani, L., Abimpaye, M., Honeyman, C. (2019). Using evidence and implementation experience for advocacy and policy influence: The Rwanda Emergent Literacy and Maths Initiative (ELMI) Case. Early years: An international research journal, 39(3).

Honeyman, C. (2016). The Orderly Entrepreneur: Youth, Education, and Governance in Rwanda. Stanford University Press.

Honeyman, C. (2016) Accountability practices and policies in Rwanda’s education system: A case study produced for the 2017 Global Education Monitoring Report. UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report.

Honeyman, C. (2010). Social Responsibility and Community Development: Lessons from the Sistema de Aprendizaje Tutorial in Honduras. International Journal of Educational Development 30(6): 599-613.

Honeyman, C., Hudani, S., Tiruneh, A., Hierta, J., Chirayath, L., Iliff, A., Meierhenrich, J. (2004) Establishing collective norms: Potentials for participatory justice in Rwanda. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 10(1), 1-24.

Research Interests

Soft skills development and measurement
World Learning’s WorkLinks Skills and Values Assessment


  • PhD, Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MA, Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • BA, Social Studies, Harvard University
Catherine Honeyman, PhD