Cassiem joined the Center’s International Budget Partnership in October 2006 and will be based at the IBP Cape Town office.
She will be responsible for developing the Project’s international training aimed at enhancing effective civil society participation in public budgeting in transition and developing countries.
Cassiem previously worked at the Children’s Budget Unit at Idasa in South Africa, where, together with her colleagues, she was instrumental in pioneering a rights-based approach to budgeting monitoring.
During her time at Idasa she set up and co-ordinated Imali ye Mwana, a civil society network monitoring children’s rights and public budgets in the southern Africa region.
She has a background in adult education and training, children’s rights activism and applied budget work. Cassiem holds a postgraduate qualification in adult education from the University of Cape Town and an MPhil in development studies from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.