Hanifullah Wais

Hanifullah Wais

Advocacy Manager

Hanifullah Wais,  Advocacy Manager


Personal and Education:

Mr. Hanifullah Wais was born in 1984 in Laghman province of Afghanistan.  He is        a married and has children. He received a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration (BBA) with Specialization in Management from Dunya University of Afghanistan in 2014. He has participated in many seminars and trainings such as Transitional Justice and Civil Society, Peace building, Do No Harm, Human Rights, Proposal Writing, Gender Equality, IDPs, Advocacy Methods, Logical Framework and Change Monitoring and Good Governance. In addition, he took part in training on Community Mobilization and Coordination in Pakistan (2002), week training on CSOs Sustainability Index in Jordan in 2011, an Exposure Visit to India in 2012 and a Workshop on Beneficial Ownership and Extractive Industries Transparency Imitative, International Standards in Istanbul and Izmir- Turkey Oct 2016.

Work Experience:

Mr. Wais joined Afghan Civil Society Forum- Organization (ACSFo) in 2008 as a Regional Manager for “Local Governance and Community Development” (LGCD) project in Paktia province (March 2008- Dec 2010) and then continued his work with ACSFo as Advocacy Project Manager (January 2011- Dec 2015) and currently performs his duty as a  Advocacy Manager.

Foreign Trips:

Mr. Hanifullah Wais participated in several cultural and social events related to Afghanistan in different countries like Italy, France, Germany, Swiss, Jordan, India, Norway, Sweden and Turkey.

Voluntarism and social assignments:

  • On 26 Feb 2014, joined a demonstration of CSOs in Kabul city in solidarity with National Army and denouncing the killing of 21 troops in Ghaziabad- Kunar province.
  • On 7 Sept 2014 Participated in a peaceful demonstration of CSOs and HR activists advocating justice for a group of women who were raped in Paghman district
  • On 18 Sept 2014, participated in a peaceful demonstration of the families of 5 thousands victims killed in 1979-80
  • On 25 March 2015, participated in a peaceful demonstration of CS, women and human rights activists demanding justice for Ms. Farkhunda a 27-years-old woman who was brutally beaten and burnt by mobs in Kabul for false accusation of burning a copy of Quran in Kabul.
  • On 11 Nov 2015 Participated in demonstration calling justice for Tabasum a 9 years old girl and 6 others who were beheaded by Daesh in Zabul province
  • On 21 Apr 2015 Participated in a protest aimed to advocate for the release of 31 hijacked Hazara citizen by Taliban
  • On 16 Apr 2016 Participated in the protest of Khan Wali Adel a young man from Paktia province who stands against the tradition of Baad and selling and buying of girls within families disputes
  • On 22 Apr 2016 participated in the Campaign No to Plastic on the occasion of International Day of Earth
  • Participating annually in campaign of elimination of violence against women and international Human rights day in December
  • Participation in a campaign of blood donation for the victims of Pule Mahmood Khan suicide attack (20 March 2016) and Dehmazang or Junbish Roshnae (22 July 2016)
  • On 25 March 2016-15 participated in the Green City campaigns for planting of plants and cleansing of the city from garbage.
  • In Sept 2015-16 participated in a campaign for collecting assistance to the IDPs of Kunduz after fallen by Taliban two times
  • On Feb 29 2016 attended a campaign for collecting aid and school items to street/poor children to enable them to go to school
  • On 18 Jan 2017 contributed to supporting and assisting war and violence victims including police, army and civilians.


Media and articles:

  1. Editor of Pashto section of ACSFo Magazine (Jamea -e- Madani) since January 2016


Some his articles in the magazine:

  • Transitional Justice an incomplete aspiration of the war victims (Issue # 81, April 2016)
  • Junbish e Roshanae – Lightening Movement, the Pioneer of Civic Struggles (Issue # 82, October 2016)
  • March 8, Women International Day 2010
  • “ Civil Society” Information Boxes for School and University Students (Issue #57, August 2009)
  • Peace International Day celebration in Paktia Province ( Issue # 44, July 2008)


  1. Contributor of Hashte Subh (8 AM) Newspaper:


1- Taliban, an ethnical or a terrorist group? (Issue # 2367, 30 April 2016)

2- Taliban, Women and Shariit (Islamic Law), (Issue # 2532, 28 December 2016)

3- Why Taliban do not take the responsibility of their attacks? (Issue # 2536, 3 January 2017)

2- Enmity with Education, means kissing the chains of slavery (Issue 2540, 9 January 2017)

  1. C) Training Manuals: 

The following manuals have been translated and edited by Mr. Wais:

  1. Need Assessment and its impacts on youth employment in Afghanistan (2017)
  2. Training Manual on Joint Responsibilities of Civil Society and Provincial Council, 2015, Funded by Oxfam Novib
  3. Training Manual on Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework (TMAF) 2015, Funded by Oxfam Novib
  4. Training Manual on New Deal, 2015, Oxfam Novib
  5. Edited Training Manual on Youth Mainstreaming for ACSFo Dec 2014, funded by Tawanmandi
  6. Civic Education on, Elections, Women Rights, Citizenry Rights and Peace, 2014, Funded by Oxfam Novib
  7. Edited Training Manual on Project Cycle Management for ACSFo 2013 funded by Oxfam Novib
  8. A Booklet on a project: Promoting Civil Society Network in Ghor & Samangan provinces of Afghanistan, Dec 2012, Funded by Oxfam Novib
  9. Edited Training Manual on Good Governance for ACSFo 2013, funded by Oxfam Novib
  10. k)    Edited Training Manual on Role and Responsibility of State for ACSFo in 2013, funded by Oxfam Novib
  11. l)     Edited Training Manual on “Combating Against Gender Based Violence in Afghanistan” for ACSFo in 2013, Funded by UN-Women
  12. m)       Edited Training Manual on “Physiological Rehabilitation of Gender Based Violence Victims” for ACSFo in 2013, Funded by UN-Women
  13. n)      Translated Training Manual on Advocacy Methods for Afghan Civil Society Forum – Organization (ACSFo) 2010 funded by EC


  1. o)      Drafted a Report on 2011 CSO Sustainability Index for Afghanistan





Additionally, Hanifullah Wais as a civil society activist and human rights defender has the honor of membership of other social organizations and foundations in Afghanistan:

  1. Member of BoDs of Afghanistan Workers Social Association (AWSA)
  2. Previous Director of “Prisoners Rights Defense Association of Afghanistan” (PRDAA)

III.      Member of Environmental Assessment and Study Team (EAST)

Appreciation letters:

Because of his committed work and effectively and efficiently implementation of the assigned job and projects, he received a Certificate of Appreciation from ACSFo in 2009, Certificate of Appreciation from ACSFo in 2015 and appreciation emails and messages from Luuk Bakker the Oxfam Program Officer for South Asia in Netherland (2012 and 2013) and Sachitra Chitrakar the Oxfam Program Coordinator in Afghanistan (2014)

Additionally, Mr. Wais received a Certificate of Appreciation from Provincial Council of Ghor province of Afghanistan


It is the wish of every Afghan citizen to enjoy stability and security in Afghanistan, because security is a foundation for other development including economic, political and social in the county. He asks the Government to focus on struggle against corruption, eradication of poverty and unemployment in the country. The Government of Afghanistan should provide opportunities for youth and women and insists on rule of law.

Rule of law and institutionalization of democracy is not only the top task of the government but also the main responsibility of the civil society and a single citizen. The aware and educated citizen both man and woman through active participation in elections and democratic processes and peaceful action can guarantee good governance and a prosperous life for the people.

He defines the civil society   as well- organized actors who mostly work voluntarily for the common interest through peaceful approaches. The civil society stands on values such as justice, equality, mutual respect, co-existence, impartiality, no discrimination on the bases of age, culture, gender, nationality, ethnic, religion and believes.