My strong interest in working for the development sector of Pakistan was developed ever since I was in A levels and started volunteering for NGOs like The Citizens Foundation and Save Our Souls. Not only did these experiences expose me to some of the most pressing challenges the developing world faces but they also instilled in me a passion to contribute my bit towards alleviating these issues.
Keeping in line with my interests, I pursued a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from Lahore University of Management Sciences and formally joined the development sector of Pakistan right after graduating in 2015. Prior to joining the MoPDR as a Young Development Fellow, I have had the opportunity to work with Johns Hopkins’ Center for Communication Programs and World Vision on DFID-funded projects. I have also previously worked with Akhter Hameed Khan Resource Center in the capacity of a Research Analyst, where I was involved in research and monitoring and evaluation of projects aimed at improving Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health in Pakistan. Furthermore, I was actively engaged in a research project which aimed to assess the extent of evidence-informed health policy making in Pakistan.
Drawing from these experiences, I intend to utilize this one year long opportunity at the MoPDR to learn from some of the renowned development policy experts and contribute towards Pakistan’s narrative of achieving the SDGs.