Didi has been involved with INTRAC for over ten years, first working for a partner organisation and later, 2015-2017, as Principal Consultant for the Middle East and North Africa. She has over twenty years’ experience working for and with civil society organisations in the region, with a focus on fragile and conflict affected states and the security-development nexus. Didi has a strong interest in civic space and has expertise in NGO law, state regulation and state-civil society relations, a field she worked in as Regional Manager for the Gulf and Middle East for the Charity Commission’s International Programme, 2004-2009.
Didi has managed programmes in education, refugee and advocacy for Save the Children UK and other INGOs. She offers skills in research, training, technical assistance and capacity building. She has carried out civic space consultancies in numerous Arab countries and lived in Lebanon, Egypt and north Iraq. A native English speaker, Didi also speaks Arabic and French; she has a Masters’ degree in Development Studies from the University of London (SOAS).
Since 2015 Didi has focused on assignments related to Syria, leading a Mixed Methods Evaluation of a women-led, peace-building network for the British Council, researching conflict scenarios to support future programming by UNICEF and exploring the dynamics of civic space and options for INGO engagement for Oxfam GB’s Syria Response Programme.
Action research and advocacy training for Women Participating in Public Life programme
Mixed methods evaluation of Syrian Active Citizens Programme, British Council – Syria