Shafat N. Ahmad


Role: Director and co-Founder of the Centre for Law and Development Policy
Active in Country:
DTP Program: 2006 Annual Human Rights Advocacy Programme.


“DTP training came my way at a key moment in my life, as I had just started my professional career. This process oriented course gave me knowledge of not just the working of the UN systems, but also of the ways of advocacy, innovative thinking and various approaches. This has helped me a lot in my developmental and peacebuilding work as well.”

Shafat N. Ahmad participated in DTP’s 16th Annual Program, in Timor-Leste in 2006. He is currently working as a Law and Developmental Practitioner with a focus on Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation. Shafat has been working as a consultant with International Peace Building Organizations through their local partners in India, such as Conciliation Resources, London, UK, in their South Asia Programme focusing on peacebuilding in the region.

Shafat designs, teaches and conducts training sessions with NGOs, skill development institutions and young scholars in universities. He has produced IEC material on social legislation, such as Right to Information (RTI), Juvenile Justice, Domestic Violence, tobacco control laws etc. He has also drafted reports and policy briefs on conflict sensitive disaster preparedness with a focus on regional cooperation and a ‘do no harm’ approach.

Since his participation in the 2006 DTP course, Shafat has also been involved in research and advocacy on health and human rights issues, conflict sensitive disaster preparedness, Juvenile Justice System, and gender in peacebuilding. He has also participated in research on Peace Building, Community Voices, and Youth Peace and Security Resolution (2250). He has worked with organizations such as Voluntary Health Association of India, South Asia Forum for Human Rights (SAFHR), and J&K Association of Social Workers (JKASW). Shafat has also been leading the Centre for Law and Development Policy based in Srinagar, as one of the founding directors.

“One of the primary learning from the program was the focus on complimentarity between rights based approach, peacebuilding and advocacy through engagement with diverse stakeholders. The core program dynamics of working with participants from different countries and on various issues gave me an understanding of issues beyond my own. Interactions with people like Jose Ramos Horta and people who were working on Truth and Reconciliation in East Timor (Chega! Report team), film makers like Tom Zubrycki.”

Shafat qualified for the prestigious International Ford Fellowship Program and earned a Masters in International Development from Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, USA in 2012. After this, he was selected for a Professional Commonwealth Fellowship, UK in 2015.

Shafat aims at taking a more active role in professional mediation for conflict resolution in South Asia, and for promoting humanitarian dialogue and peace education in the region.

One thing I always carry with me and keep talking about in my work is that how innovatively a small DTP team was doing such a huge work. It always gave me confidence of running organizations and programs effectively despite the resource constraints.”               


Profile written March 2019.