N’Deane Helajzen is RMF’s Program Director, Serbia, and also supports the coordination of our global programs. She is a medical anthropologist whose employment over the past 15 years has involved the provision of technical advice across 20 countries in post-conflict and fragile states, across Southeast Asia, the Pacific, Africa, and Eastern Europe, targeting legislative and regulatory reforms, with a focus on social development, provision of health care in under resourced areas, sexual and gender based violence, women’s empowerment, and gender equality. She has worked with multilateral and bilateral agencies, and international and national NGOs and has experience working with donors, governments, and the private sector on policy development, programming, planning, and evaluation.
Her work involves providing advisory services across all sectors, including facilitating qualitative and quantitative research and analysis, program design, development and implementation, mentoring for developing country governments, and other development stakeholders, gender analysis and auditing, and the design of methodologies and indicators for monitoring and evaluation and social impact. She has supported country assessments, the development of national laws, policies, and strategies, and supported community level initiatives acting as effective models for advancing human rights, including the empowerment of women and eliminating gender inequality.
She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Social Health (Medical Anthropology) the thesis of which engaged with the interface of gender, poverty, and HIV and AIDS in South Africa. She is currently completing her PhD in Serbia which explores contemporary local understandings of change and modernity, personhood and belonging, personal agency and hope. Analyzing if the past leads to an ongoing and unforgivable segregation and marginalization of the Serbian people, she aims to explore how ethnically divided people rebuild and construct a common future given a turbulent past.