Intentions and Outcomes

  • Intentions and Outcomes

    Nadia's Story

  • I’m originally from Pakistan.

    I had the privilege of living in many countries when I was growing up: Algeria, Libya, Ghana, and Congo.

  • Early exposure to these countries made me appreciate the strength and beauty of cultures and communities, and eventually led me to pursue work in international development

  • I started my career managing IT and business strategy projects around the world. But over the last few years, I transitioned to international development work. I quickly found that despite my good intentions, my corporate sector approach was not always a good fit in this space. Something was missing.

  • I needed to better understand the complex dynamics of international development projects. I discovered the UBC Certificate in International Development and it was exactly what I was looking for.

  • The program helped me hone my understanding of the intricacies of international development. I was able to explore opportunities and solutions and break out of the corporate mindset, all in a safe, nurturing environment. The online format also allowed me to balance my studies, work, and my family life.

  • Today, I’m able to engage in projects in a more meaningful manner, ensuring the dignity of those benefitting from the project while meeting the goals of funders.

  • I’m more confident with my skills and want to use what I’ve learned to develop low-cost IT solutions for education, literacy, and capacity building in the developing world.

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