Monica was the lead researcher on the qualitative component of a multi-country study we were leading on understanding the lives, livelihoods, and local impacts of Syrian refugees in the Middle East and their hosting communities. We were interested at understanding nuances and digging deeper into themes that the quantitative surveys could not capture – understanding gender dynamics within refugee households when men find they are unable to fulfil their designated roles as breadwinners, characterizing the daily struggles with the lack of legal documents and the worries about the future of their children, and documenting some of the extreme risks and negative coping strategies that some refugees were driven to. Monica and her co-researcher developed interview guides, training local facilitators, analyzed the findings, and participated in the writing of the report. I was impressed by her dedication, thoughtfulness, and the careful analysis, which truly enriched the narrative and brought it to life, seamlessly blending with the quantitative analysis and findings. Thanks very much!.
Dr. Nandini Krishnan
The World Bank