Jumaina Siddiqui is a senior program officer for the Asia Center at the U.S. Institute of Peace. She joined USIP after three years with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) where she served as the program manager for Pakistan, working on programs focusing on political party development, election observation and reforms and increasing the participation of women and youth in the political process. Jumaina was also a US-Pakistan program fellow with the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council where her research focused on efforts by political actors on education reform in Pakistan and the relationship between donors, civil society, politicians and the government to move these reforms forward. Prior to joining NDI, she worked at Global Communities on a US Agency for International Development-funded project to increase stability in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan by providing improved livelihood and economic growth opportunities.

Jumaina holds over 12 years of experience in program management, research and analysis. Other key positions included serving as a program officer at American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative focusing on programs in Bangladesh, the Philippines and Thailand, as well as thematic programs related to media legal defense and access to justice in Asia; a research associate at the Stimson Center where she examined non-traditional security issues in South Asia; and program coordinator of the Protection Project at Johns Hopkins University – SAIS, conducting research on international human trafficking and managing a training program on human trafficking in the United States. She holds BA in Political Science from American University and an MA from New York University, where her work focused on democracy promotion and the rule of law in the Muslim world, culminating in a thesis on rebuilding justice systems in post-conflict Afghanistan.

Publications By Jumaina

Identity, Gender, and Conflict Drivers in Pakistan

Identity, Gender, and Conflict Drivers in Pakistan

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

By: Jumaina Siddiqui

Based on a study conducted in the Pakistani town of Haripur that investigated children’s attitudes toward identity, this Peace Brief finds that identity-based divides are in fact not the primary drivers of conflict at the community level, but notes the continuing salience of gender identity, which produces differing social expectations and differing understandings of conflict resolution roles.

Gender; Conflict Analysis & Prevention

Supporting Civil Society to Combat Violent Extremism in Pakistan

Supporting Civil Society to Combat Violent Extremism in Pakistan

Monday, June 6, 2016

By: Jumaina Siddiqui; Sehar Tariq

In the past few years, there has been an increase in funding for civil society organizations for the goal of countering violent extremism (CVE). While donors are investing large sums for CVE efforts, in Pakistan, local organizations often lack the technical capacity to understand the nature of violent extremism as well as how to utilize such large amounts of money. This brief discusses the challenges to implementing CVE programs and provides recommendations for how stakeholders can overcome t...

Violent Extremism; Global Policy; Democracy & Governance

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