Grants Officer, Europe and Eurasia, National Endowment for Democracy (NED)
Niyara Alakhunova manages high-risk grants in the Eurasia portfolio, which represents some of NED’s most sensitive and challenging grant projects. Niyara is actively working on issues surrounding the security of grantees and the flexibility in grantmaking in restrictive environments. Before joining NED, Niyara served as Operational Manager for the USAID Kyrgyz Agro-Input Enterprise Development Project in Kyrgyzstan, supervising programs on land rehabilitation and seed assistance as well as monitoring all sub-grants, including public-private partnership grants.
In an era of increasingly-closing civic space, human rights and grassroots funders are finding that they need to incorporate greater flexibility and risk taking in their grantmaking.