January 18, 2018. Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam, Sindh, Pakistan.

Dr. Khwaja is offering her knowledge, skills, and expertise with a variety of relevant services through her independent international development consulting business. She is passionate and eager to support organizations and empower people and communities to navigate global challenges with informed, effective, and strategic development policies and programs.

With over 15 years of academic and professional experience in public policy, international development, and international affairs, Dr. Khwaja has multidisciplinary specializations, including foreign-aid effectiveness, community-based development, social capital, and fragile and conflict-affected areas. Her technical experience ranges from advanced qualitative and quantitative social science research methodologies, policy analysis, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation, gender analyses, project management, strategic development, grant writing, and proposal development. While her regional expertise is primarily in South Asia and the Middle East, her work extends to other areas of conflict and fragility, including Central Asia and Eastern Europe.

Dr. Khwaja’s rigorous doctoral research provided a nuanced exploration of foreign aid effectiveness in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Her deep-dive analysis of World Bank and USAID programs, utilized a blend of qualitative and quantitative research methods, providing unique, invaluable insights into the intricate dynamics of aid programs, their successes, challenges, opportunities, and hindrances. Dr. Khwaja’s current research efforts aim to leverage qualitative analyses to illuminate, shape, and enhance sustainable strategies towards localization in complex environments, and to tailor development interventions for greater program efficacy and impact.

Dr. Khwaja aims to contribute to the transformative potential of qualitative and mixed methods social science research as a critical lens to understand contextual nuances, power dynamics, and the socio-political fabric of fragile spaces. She is keen to provide a fresh perspective to challenging circumstances and help advance cutting-edge, innovative tools and approaches from mixed methods research designs to enhance development impact evaluations in fragile contexts.

You can learn more about Dr. Khwaja here. You can also navigate her general website and visit her professional profile on Linkedin for more information.


February 7, 2019. District Tharparkar, NaniSer Village, Pakistan.

Independent Consulting Services:

Advising on international and rural development policy program design, strategy, effectiveness, and impact evaluations

Conducting needs assessments and feasibility studies

Project-based research on development issues, and other topics in public and international affairs

Qualitative and quantitative research and data analysis

Technical expertise in specialized fields including community-driven development, social capital in development, rural development policy and programs

Facilitating capacity building and training sessions for stakeholder workshops, participatory methods, awareness campaigns, social capital and social network analysis

Gender and Social Inclusion analyses

Monitoring and Evaluation support for project outcomes

Writing, editing, and proofreading academic and professional papers & reports in specialized fields

Grantwriting, new business, and proposal development

Contributing writer, or guest blog writer services

Academic support, mentorship, and advising to undergraduate and graduate students in international development, public and international affairs


Why Work With Us?

We look forward to partnering and collaborating with you, to work towards the most inclusive, equitable, innovative policy solutions on a global scale.

Dr. Khwaja implements reflexive, critical, collaborative and intersectional approaches, values, and considerations in her academic and professional work within the field of International Development.

Community-Centered Development and Participatory Approaches

  • Grounding consulting services in generating community needs and aspirations.
  • Implementing grassroots initiatives that empower communities and promote sustainable development.
  • Implementing participatory methodologies to engage communities in decision-making processes. Facilitating inclusive discussions that give voice to all community members, including marginalized and vulnerable populations.

Policy Analysis and Research

  • Conducting thorough research and analysis of global issues to inform evidence-based policy recommendations.
  • Utilizing data-driven insights to craft impactful strategies for sustainable global progress.
  • Unlocking the potential of evidence-based policies for an increasingly interconnected and changing world, helping shape policies for positive socio-economic change worldwide.

Policy Innovation

  • Exploring innovative approaches and solutions to address emerging challenges on a range of multi-disciplinary topics and sectors of international development.
  • Staying abreast of global trends and adapting strategies accordingly.

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Facilitating collaboration between governments, NGOs, businesses, and communities to ensure inclusive decision-making processes.
  • Building partnerships for successful project collaboration and program implementation.
  • Collaborating with experts across diverse sectors of international development, including gender experts, to ensure a nuanced understanding of context and local dynamics, and to incorporate the latest research and best practices into development strategies.

Capacity Building

  • Developing and providing training programs and workshops to enhance the capacity of individuals and agencies in developing and implementing effective policies, initiatives, and programs.
  • Trainings can be designed to integrate gender analysis and promote gender equality.
  • Enhancing skills for gender-responsive planning and implementation.

Impact Assessment

  • Utilizing Qualitative and Quantitative (Mixed methods approaches) to assess the impact of existing policies and programs to identify areas for improvement and optimize the outcomes of development initiatives.

Strategic Planning

  • Developing comprehensive and strategic plans for international development, aligning goals with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other global benchmarks.

Advocacy and Communication

  • Crafting compelling narratives and communication strategies to advocate for policy changes and garner support from clients and key stakeholders in development programs.
  • Supporting campaigns and enhancing public awareness and engagement.

Inclusive Project Design

  • Crafting development projects that prioritize inclusivity and consider diverse perspectives, with special attention to gender identities.
  • Ensuring that initiatives address the unique challenges faced by different groups within communities.

Gender Analysis and Mainstreaming

  • Integrating gender analysis into every phase of project development.
  • Ensuring that policies and programs are gender-responsive, promoting equality and addressing gender-based disparities.

Empowerment Strategies

  • Researching and designing strategies to empower marginalized groups, especially women and youth, which help increase accessibility to education, economic opportunities, and resources.
  • Promoting gender equality as a core principle of development initiatives.

Cultural Sensitivity

  • Bringing significant experience in acknowledging and respecting cultural nuances in project implementation.
  • Consulting with local communities to understand cultural dynamics and ensure that initiatives align with community values and norms.

Flexible, Adaptive, and Reflective Approaches

  • Understanding the importance of incorporating lessons learned from past programs and initiatives.
  • Analyzing challenging factors and externalities, especially from fragility, conflict, and violence.
  • Being flexible and adaptive to compounding effects and across various regions and contexts.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Establishing robust monitoring and evaluation frameworks to track and assess the performance and progress of policies, ensuring accountability, and making data-driven adjustments for better outcomes.
  • Supporting organizations to understand if their activities are on track and achieving intended results.
  • Developing robust monitoring and evaluation systems that specifically track the gender-related outcomes of projects. Applying research and data to continuously refine strategies and promote gender equality.

Global Best Practices and Transformative Solutions

  • Drawing from in-depth research of successes and challenges on international best practices to inform policy recommendations.
  • Leveraging successful models from various regions, but ensuring that solutions are tailored to specific contexts.

Intersectionality Considerations

  • Recognizing the intersectionality of identities and addressing overlapping social categories such as gender, ethnicity, and socio-economic status.
  • With an emphasis on socially inclusive processes, tailoring development solutions to the unique needs of diverse and vulnerable populations.

Regulatory Compliance and Quality Control

  • Ensuring all deliverables and proposed policies align and comply with the requirements and regulatory frameworks for organizations.
  • Through in-depth research and consultations with relevant parties, advising on compliance with national and local systems to help mitigate potential risks.
  • Providing final quality control and assurance on final deliverables.


Bridging gaps, fostering growth: Our commitment to excellence in international development.


Transparency and Commitment to Growth

With great consideration to trust and community building, and a relational, people-centered, and community-centered approach to development policy, Dr. Khwaja strongly values positive, long-term relationship-building with a solid foundation of trust. While she possesses the skills, knowledge, and expertise across the above areas, Dr. Khwaja is committed to continuous learning and staying updated with the latest development policies and industry trends, to incorporate new and fresh insights into her offerings. Therefore, her contributions, training, guidance, and direction will be designed with an evidence-based, reflexive, tailored, collaborative learning and growth mindset. As demonstrated in her previous roles and experiences, she is open to collaborating with and consulting diverse experts in the field to ensure the highest quality of service.


Would you like to explore how our international development consulting services can benefit your organization or project? Should you require any of the above services, you can schedule a personalized consultation to discuss your project, goals, challenges, and potential collaboration opportunities.

What to Expect:

In-Depth Discussions. We will have a thorough conversation to understand your unique needs and objectives.
Tailored Solutions. We will provide customized services, guidance, and recommendations based on your specific project, context, objectives, and goals.
Next Steps. We will provide step-by-step clear guidance on the potential collaboration and the path forward, which will include identifying the primary objectives, milestones and final deliverables in your project.

Let’s Work Together to Create Positive Development Impact!

Schedule your consultation with Dr. Khwaja at today.

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