Melad Kakar is a researcher and has been facilitating and conducting research in Afghanistan. He has a background in translation, qualitative, and quantitative data collection, as well as qualitative data analysis. He has over 5 years of experience in conducting and managing field-based research in demanding and challenging environments in Afghanistan. In addition, he has over ten years of experience as a translator in the country, during which he has translated a wide variety of documents including laws, policy papers, contracts, research reports, and survey tools. As a researcher, Melad has been involved in numerous research projects. Most recently, he managed the evaluation of UNICEF’s ‘Improving Street Working Children’s Access to Education and Livelihood Support for their Families’ in Afghanistan, conducting a series of case studies, focus group discussions, and key informant interviews with beneficiaries and stakeholders, both at the government and non-government levels. His mastery in providing training enabled him to successfully train a consortium of Civil Society Organisations in Afghanistan on working with displaced populations, data collection, analysis and promoting the rights of the Internally Displaced Population in the country. Prior to joining Samuel Hall, Melad worked with multiple organisations and government institutions at different capacities. He holds an M.Ed. in Applied Linguistics from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a BA degree in English Language and Literature from Kabul Education University.
RESEARCH & ONGOING WORK
Econometria: Summative Evaluation and Randomised Control Trial of the UNICEF Adolescent Women's Leadership Initiative Project
WarChild: Research Study on Deported Minors in Western Afghanistan
World Bank: A Qualitative Assessment of Youth Inclusion in Afghanistan