Class 18 (2019-2021)

Huyen Thanh Do, Vietnam

Duke University – Master in International Development Policy

Huyen Thanh Do holds a Master’s degree (1st Class Honor) in Development Studies from New Zealand and a Bachelor’s in English from Viet Nam. Since 2008, Huyen has been working as policy analyst in the areas of governance and participation with the United Nations Development Programme in Viet Nam.

Huyen’s work has involved research and advocacy in a wide range of governance topics, particularly in local government performance, citizen participation, transparency and anti-corruption, and innovation for development. Before joining Duke University, Huyen led the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP’s) flagship research and advocacy project “The Viet Nam Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI)” (see for further information) from 2016 and was the co-author of the annual PAPI reports since 2009. During her 11 years at UNDP Viet Nam, Huyen was an active public policy advocate in various national and international conferences and with national media outlets.

Before joining UNDP in mid-2008 and her two-year study in New Zealand, Huyen worked as a project officer for the sub-component on Law and Water Resources under the (Danish International Development Agency) DANIDA-funded Water Sector Program from 2003-2006 and as at teacher of English at the Foreign Trade University from 2000-2002.

During her work in development, Huyen’s special focuses have been in policy research and advocacy in areas of water, land and environmental governance. She has increasingly been interested in community-based conflict resolutions and peacebuilding upon the rise in conflicts between state, society and market actors involved in policymaking and everyday governance, especially land and environment in Viet Nam. Huyen expects to gain knowledge in conflict resolutions and peacebuilding and work further in these areas upon completion of her studies at the Duke Center for International Development, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University.