Meet the team: Lula Dahir – Junior Analyst

Meet the team: Lula Dahir – Junior Analyst

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About Me: I am Lula Dahir and am Integrity’s Junior Analyst based in London.  I support the team with desk research and analysis, data and knowledge management and project delivery. I am originally from Somalia, grew up in Kenya and Sweden and currently live in the UK.

I have a background in education and research. I worked with refugee communities in Kenya where I helped families learn Swahili and engage in activities that would assist them financially. Prior to joining integrity I implemented digital educational tools in South Africa where I gained first-hand experience of rolling out educational technology to primary school children in both rural and urban areas.

Qualifications: BA International Development from University of Essex. Focusing on Development policy, political economy, qualitative research, peace building and conflict.

Why Integrity? I am very excited to be part of the Integrity team, it is a team from diverse backgrounds and a wide range of professional specialisms. Integrity is able to pull together useful insights to support our clients and partners. Working for Integrity also means working with people spread across different locations, disciplines and organisations. Monitoring developments that affect projects and translating what you learn in one discipline into another is a huge part of the job. This allows for constant learning, development, creativity and innovation.

Originally from Somalia, and understanding the history, culture and socio-political realities in a conflict environment, I am very happy to work for Integrity, who strive to understand the people and communities in which they operate. This helps to uphold the highest ethical standards and sensitive approaches in research methodologies that allows for diverse voices to be amplified and heard by interested parties. Additionally, communities have their own perceptions of change, their own ways of measuring change and their own analysis of project attribution. Integrity takes this into account, and where possible gives communities access to research results to help to refine future interventions.

N.B. As of July 2015, Lula became Integrity’s Projects Officer; she has since left Integrity to continue her studies.

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