Bio

Nadia Naviwala is an independent American writer and researcher based in Islamabad. She investigates and writes about foreign aid, local philanthropy, civil society, and education in Pakistan.

Nadia moved to Islamabad in 2012 as Pakistan Country Representative for the United States Institute of Peace. At USIP, she started the Peace Innovations Fund to give small, flexible support to social startups. Prior, she served as a Pakistan Desk Officer at USAID and a National Security Aide in the U.S. Senate. She started the internship program at the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington, DC as a college student in 2002.

She taught U.S. foreign policy at the National Defense University in Islamabad in 2014.

Nadia holds a Masters in Public Policy degree from Harvard Kennedy School, where she was an International and Global Affairs Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, a Public Service Fellow, and an associate with the Carr Center Program on State-Building and Human Rights in Afghanistan and Pakistan. She holds a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. 

Major Publications

Public Policy Fellow, June 2016- Sept 2016 “Redesigning U.S. Aid: Why Billions of Dollars Won’t Change Corrupt and Conflict-Affected Countries"

Resources