My commitment to working in International Development is rooted in my passion to contribute to positive societal change. To do my part I focus on understanding the complex problems that face people in fragile and divided states and searching for solutions.
I believe that to address these problems requires a holistic approach that integrates bottom up research with concrete prescriptions from the top down. I carry out sensitive grounded research to gain insight from within communities and then translate those findings into actionable advice to institutions/organisations.
To deliver this I meld my academic understanding of issues that impact fragile and divided states with practitioner experience to help formulate better policy and organisational approaches to improve peoples’ lives. By taking this ‘pracademic’ approach, I am able, in the first instance, to ensure that the inaccessibility of academic lexicons to practitioners is avoided, ensuring valuable research, time and money is not wasted. Secondly, my rigorous approach to research ensures that spurious findings do not guide policy and programmes that often only partially address, miss entirely and in some cases, worsen the problems they are trying to solve.
My services are focused to help you develop better policy and most importantly, practice through the delivery of pertinent findings from those at the grassroots level. I then present analysis that informs fully, and develop and deliver training that empowers stakeholders.
In my private time I am committed to working on issues around mental-health and well-being. Self-care has become a commonly uttered term, especially within the stressful International Development world, but we often are not trained to deal with the negative impact that our work can have. As a result I contribute regularly on well-being issues on the blog section of my website entitled: ‘Musing Truth’.