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Khadijah is an SDDirect Senior Associate who has worked for over 17 years on social development issues within non-profit organisations and multi-national agencies. Her particular areas of expertise include voice and agency, girls’ education, women’s rights, working with men and boys on gender equality and prevention of violence against women, and community mobilisation, particularly in Africa and Asia. She has worked in Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, and Zambia.
With over 17 years’ experience, she has worked at senior levels in programme management and design, in monitoring and evaluation, and in communications and fundraising. She has designed major donor and NGO programmes that target women and girls’ involvement in decision-making and analysis of their access to their rights. These have included programmes on access to education, voice and accountability, protection from violence, and access to economic opportunities. These programmes have also included interventions to increase men and boys’ understanding of and participation in promoting gender equality. She has also worked with a wide range of grant making organisations, designed assessment criteria for grant making, evaluated applications, and selected and interviewed applicants. She is currently the technical lead on programming for young men and women on the DFID Voices for Change Programme in Nigeria. Khadijah is also an advisor for the DFID Girls’ Education Challenge Fund.
She has award-winning writing skills and a proven ability to synthesise vast quantities of information, with the added value of practical knowledge and experience on the ground. This is evidenced by her role as principal author of the 2012 Plan International’s State of the World's Girls report: Learning for Life. She holds a Masters in Public Policy, with honours, from Harvard University.