Farhana Faruqi, Development Specialist Pakistan.
Farhana Faruqi Stocker holds a Masters degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Sussex, UK, with specialisation in Third World Development. She is a development and humanitarian practitioner and has served in strategic leadership positions in international aid sector. Much of Ms. Stocker’s professional life, over the last 25 plus years, is spent working in complex political emergencies, fragile and chronic conflict and crisis situations, natural disasters and acute and endemic poverty contexts. She also worked as a Visiting Faculty at Department of Anthropology of Quaid-e Azam University, Islamabad Pakistan where she developed and taught two new courses during 1992-94;‘Social Change and Development’ and ‘Women and Development’ as well as a non-credit course ‘Participatory Methods of Research’. She specialises in the region of South and Central Asia, and has been associated with leading organisations including OXFAM, Save the Children, Afghanaid and the United Nations agencies. She has lived and worked for multiple years in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, and has done short-term assignments in Egypt, Somalia, Jordan and Kenya. Stocker’s areas of expertise and interests include accountable and empowering development and transformative peace building. She feels passionately about putting vulnerable and politically marginalised and voiceless people, particularly women, youth and children, at the centre of development and humanitarian policy and action; and in non-conditionality of aid i.e. the separation of international security, stabilisation agenda and foreign policy from development and humanitarian aid. She believes that risks and crisis offer strategic opportunities to civil society, aid community, and to the governments to create enabling conditions for building social harmony and addressing historical sense of injustices through people-focused smart investment and sustained engagement. In 2012, One World Action listed Stocker among the 100 unseen powerful women leaders, who changed the world through public service (http://oneworldaction.wordpress.com/100-unseen-powerful-women/public-service/farhana-faruqi-stocker/).