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Sandra van Soelen

Sandra van Soelen

History: Young Expert at SNV - Kenya
YEP period 2013 - 2015, batch 1

Position after YEP

WASH advisor at Simavi in the Netherlands

YEP Role

I finished my master Sustainable Development, after which I was looking forward to start working in the WASH sector. My ambition was to develop myself as a development professional with international experience and with a focus on water management. Click here for more information about my project.



Research skills, structured and systematic working, interdisciplinary thinking and analytical mind-set. I have good writing skills, recently I wrote a scientific article and a master thesis. I am a curious person who likes to learn new things, developing myself and help other people with the work I am doing.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: Master Sustainable Development at Utrecht University (September 2011-August 2013). Track: International Development and two research semesters, Bachelor Liberal Arts and Sciences Utrecht University (September 2008 – July 2011). Major in Environmental Sciences combined with Development Geography.


Experience before YEP

In the last years on the university, I had the opportunity to gain experience in the WASH and International Development sector in different ways.

  • Research internship by MetaMeta in Ethiopia (February – May 2013). I conducted a research on water-related conflicts around water systems in rural Ethiopia, focused on the management aspects and the relation between farmers and the local government
  • Research internship by SNV in Mwanza, Tanzania (February – May 2012). I conducted a research on community management of water points in Sengerema district for SNV Tanzania. I looked at the way the water points are managed now and how this can be improved
  • Peace of Mind Academy 2011, a program that works on international challenges of development and peace building. I worked with five other students on advising ADECOP, an NGO in DR Congo, on strategies and tools to fight for women's and girls' rights and basic services, such as water supplies, in DR Congo
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Organisation: SNV
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