Jackline Oluoch-Aridi joined Notre Dame International in 2021. She is based in Nairobi, Kenya and provides leadership and guidance to Notre Dame partners in Africa. Oluoch-Aridi also works with faculty and students in supporting the implementation of research projects and activities as well as strengthening current partnerships in the region.
Since 2013, Jackie served as the Ford Program’s Regional Research Programs Manager for East Africa. Based in Nairobi, Aridi oversaw the Ford Program’s community engagement and research in Kenya and Uganda; supported Notre Dame students doing research or internships in the region; and built relationships with Ford Program regional partners. Previously, Aridi was regional community health worker program coordinator for East Africa for Columbia University’s Earth Institute, overseeing operations and providing technical assistance for programs in six countries. Aridi has also worked with the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs at Columbia University, the World Health Organization, the Guttmacher Institute, GBCHealth, and the Global Alliance on Improved Nutrition (GAIN). She holds a masters in public administration with a specialization in international health policy and management from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Administration.
Jackie received her PhD in Health System Management from Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya. In her dissertation, “Women’s Preferences for Place of Delivery: A Study of Embakasi-North and Naivasha Sub-County, Kenya,” she examines the high maternal mortality rates in Kenya by examining what women value most and the choices they make when determining where to deliver their babies.
Ford Research Finds Diverse Friendships Foster Inter-Ethnic Trust in Kenyan Schools
Aug 24, 2022
Kenya’s 2013 Basic Education Act expanded the number of national schools and increased student body diversity quotas, presenting Ford Program researchers with the opportunity to study the effects of increased student body diversity on trust and tolerance.
Making Research Plans a Reality in East Africa
Sep 8, 2018
In recent years, the Ford Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity has made major strides towards its goal of high-quality, community-based research in the developing world. In that endeavor, Regional Research Programs Manager for East Africa Jackline Oluoch-Aridi, who opened the program’s first field office in Nairobi five years ago, plays a key role.