Host Organization: Helen Keller International
First Year Placement
Based in Hanoi, Vietnam, Aubrey worked with Helen Keller International (HKI) to conduct social inclusion research embedded in HKI’s signature Enhanced Homestead Food Production (EHFP) program, which was being scaled up in two provinces in northern Vietnam. Aubrey supported the implementation of a baseline survey for the new EHFP program and analyzed the resulting data to identify characteristics of social exclusion that affect program outcomes. Based on these findings, she designed and conducted qualitative research to fill in knowledge gaps in the story of social exclusion in the communes where the program is running, with the goal of informing future research questions and providing guidance for social inclusion efforts in future programming.
Second Year Placement
Aubrey was based in Dakar, Senegal, in Helen Keller International’s (HKI) Africa Regional Office. HKI had recently released a new policy on gender equity and social inclusion (GESI), and Aubrey was focused on supporting the roll out of this policy across HKI’s work in Africa. Her two major tasks were to write the GESI strategy for the African region and to produce a toolkit for offices to use in integrating GESI across their operations and programs. Within these workstreams, she coordinated input from offices across the region, drafting and helping to finalize the strategy, and working with the regional Asia team to collect, generate, and refine tools for a global GESI toolkit. She also supported specific GESI projects as needed.