Karim Merchant is a consultant on policy, programme and project development and management in the fields of humanitarian assistance, food security, conflict-sensitive development and peacebuilding. Over the last 26 years, he has gained experience as a policy advisor, programme designer and project manager with in-emergency relief, conflict and post-conflict sustainable rural development, institutional and community empowerment, and small enterprise development, working with national governments, United Nations Agencies, donor agencies international and national NGOs, NATO and international military forces across Africa, Central and South Asia and the Middle East.

Karim is currently working on a variety of projects focusing on food security conflict prevention, community-based peacebuilding, stabilisation and civilian-military relations. He is also a visiting senior lecturer in Norway, the UK and the US on conflict sensitive programme design and evaluation, fragile and conflict affected states, security and development, and Afghanistan-Pakistan relations.

Karim Merchant has extensive experience in working in: Afghanistan, Bhutan, EU, India, Kenya, Lebanon, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uganda, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and United Republic of Tanzania. Major areas of expertise include: Capacity assessments and development, Civil society engagement and strengthening, Conflict, situation and political economy analysis, Monotoring, evalution and impact assessment, Peace-building, peace operations and conflict sensitivity, Planning, strategy, programming and project development, and Policy and concept development