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Pamela Hajal

Research Assistant

Pamela is a Development and Humanitarian Assistance professional with 15 years of work experience in Lebanon and the Middle East. She completed her Master’s degree in Development Studies at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex in 2020 and holds a BA in Social Work from Université Saint Joseph de Beyrouth which she received in 2006. A Said Foundation scholar, her graduate research looked at countries’ ownership of development, studying the case of the social protection sector in Lebanon. She is also certified in Training Design and Dynamic Delivery and PMP and is fluently trilingual in English, French and Arabic.

Pamela joined the Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID) in December 2020, where she provided research support and project coordination for the oral heritage programme in Egypt, Iraq and Syria. Prior to joining IDS, Pamela worked as a child protection and capacity building consultant. She started her career as a case manager in a psychiatric hospital in Lebanon, then worked with local NGOs in conflict resolution and promoting citizenship and democracy. Pamela then joined International NGOs and worked as a senior program manager and partnership manager in emergency responses and post-conflict settings in the child protection, education and women’s protection sectors.



BRiCE Project: Building Resilience in Crisis through Education

The Institute of Development Studies is leading two research projects on education in contexts of violent conflict, BRiCE and REALISE. The BRiCE research project is a partnership between IDS and the Institut Supérieur Pédagogique de Bukavu (ISP Bukavu), and part of a larger education...



Beirut 4 August – Power to the people

August 4, 2020, was a date that shocked the world. Time stopped at 6:07 pm. People around the world watched over and over at video footage of the biggest non-nuclear explosion in the 21st century that took place at Beirut port in Lebanon. The calamity killed 217 people, left more than...

3 August 2021


Ceasefire or cease conflict?

In 1982, following Israel’s acts of aggression, and the mass killing of innocent children in Lebanon, the United Nations General Assembly declared 4 June of each year as the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression to commemorate children of the world who suffered...

3 June 2021


Cultural diversity: the key to humanitarian work

In this blog, Pamela Hajal argues that humanitarian organisations and interventions need to take a “localisation” approach to ensure appropriate cultural integration in their programmes and improve their effectiveness and sustainability. If you want to preserve the forest, should...

1 June 2021