Aspiring storyteller, tea fanatic and gender-rights advocate.  I hold a Master in Global Affairs from the University of Toronto, and a BA in History and Cultural Anthropology from Simon Fraser University. Currently, I am based in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where I work on state-building and development. Previously, I have worked with UN Women, Gender at Work, and community based organizations across East Africa. Interested in gender based violence, women in peace and security, conflict resolution, and development topics more broadly.

Disclaimer: Being a foreigner who writes on development, with a regional focus on Africa, is a privileged and outsider position. I make no claim to hold any expert knowledge, or for that matter, an unbiased view. Critical comments are always welcome.

The views on this blog represent my own, and are not affiliated with any organizations I work with. If you feel like chatting, you can contact me at:


Twitter: twitter.com/kayydj

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