Inayat Niazi is a research fellow at ICSVE working toward preventing and countering violent extremism in Afghanistan. Inayat has over the past twenty years implemented several community development projects including conflict resolution, civic education and peace-building training, workshops and awareness programs for local formal and informal community leaders, influential local and tribal elders and religious leaders, as well as youth and women across Afghanistan. These were largely project implemented on the grassroots level and worked directly with communities and local institutions. Development activities Inayat has been involved in included, but were not limited to: Education (literacy and academic, civic and vocational), Drug Demand Reduction, Alternative Livelihoods, Networking and Promotion of Traditional Leadership, Promotion of Democracy and Good Governance, Institutional Capacity Building, Rule of Law, Peace Building, Anticorruption and Gender Issues as well as community development and reintegration programs. Inayat also served as Chief of Party for the USAID funded project “Engaging, Empowering and Mobilizing Provincial Council Members” as well as the “Exchange Visits to Create Anti-Corruption Action” project funded by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S Embassy in Kabul. Inayat was also involved in the Engaging, Empowering and Mobilizing Provincial Council Members Project, the Afghanistan Media Development and Empowerment Project (AMDEP) through Internews, Support to the Electoral Process (STEP) thought Counterpart International, Community Empowerment Town Hall Meetings Through International Republican Institute (IRI) and Afghanistan and Pakistan Cross Boarder Dialogue through U.S Institute of Peace (USIP). As programs Manager he was also part of the management team for implementation of the District Teacher Training Program funded by the World Bank which provided capacity building training to around 50,000 teachers and principals in Kabul Province in 2012 and 2013. A series of capacity building trainings in related school subjects, pedagogy, leadership, school management, and community mobilization were also provided. Inayat has been involved in projects that were funded by USAID, the United Nations, EU, DFID, FCO, NED, the British Embassy, Japanese Embassy, the World Bank, the Asia Foundation, the US Institute of Peace (USIP), and the International Republican Institute (IRI), USAID through Tetra Tech DPK, DAI, CI and AECOM.
Inayat’s work in Afghanistan has helped to build and support self-sustaining networks of people committed to working together for the country’s betterment of Afghanistan. This experience has included prolific engagement with media institutions in the development and dissemination of numerous awareness creation packages and has established long-term membership with relevant institutions and networks including with civil society in Afghanistan including with the Civil Society Advisory Committee (CSAC) to UNDP Afghanistan, Afghanistan Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (AEITI), Afghanistan CSO Collation for Anti-Corruption (AfCAC) and Afghan Civil Society Election Network (ACSEN).