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Sieske Valk

Sieske Valk

History: Young Expert at The Hague Institute for Global Justice - Tanzania
YEP period 2015 - 2016, batch 4

Position after YEP

Owner at Sies United Kingdom

YEP Role

As a Junior Researcher I have been performing various analyses (stakeholder, systems, etc.) together with my colleagues, of which one was a local YEP-per. The analyses were a part of the project ‘Planning for sustainable and climate-robust economic development in vulnerable low-lying coastal countries: Pilot Zanzibar’ of which the objectives were:

  1. To develop a comparative assessment on planning for climate change adaptation and economic development in Small Island Developing States (e.g. SIDS in the South Pacific and Caribean);
  2. To develop a consensus-based action plan for climate change adaptation and sustainable economic development, detailing both physical interventions and design of governance arrangements;
  3. To disseminate knowledge on the lessons learnt for participatory planning processes for climate change adaptation.

After the research or baseline assessment was performed, I have been organizing Participatory Planning Process (PPP) in the form of stakeholder workshops. In cooperation with the involved stakeholders and alongside running processes, the PPP has resulted in broadly supported strategies for sustainable economic development and climate change adaptation.

The PPP has been approached as processes of knowledge co-creation and resources were invested in order to establish productive learning environments for all stakeholders. Multi-stakeholder dialogues were envisaged, which were focused on:

  • Joint problem definition;
  • Solutions and priorities;
  • Joint vision development and building blocks for action planning;
  • Multi-criteria analysis leading to priority interventions;
  • Action planning for designing governance arrangements;
  • Roadmap towards implementation.

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  • Organizing
  • Working with and listening to a variety of stakeholders
  • Great adaptability
  • Practical
  • Disciplined

Nationality: Dutch
Education: Bsc and Msc in Human Geography (University of Amsterdam)


Experience before YEP

I have performed both my Bsc and my Msc thesis fieldwork abroad, respectively in Tamil Nadu, India and Kajiado District, Kenya. Although the research questions were different, the overall theme was the same: How do relatively traditional living communities cope with changes in their environment, subsequent political changes and how does this affect or alter their traditional ways of being?

Moreover, I have worked as a veterinary nurse for ten years, making me flexible and cope with stress easily. Next to this I have worked for the youth organization of a Dutch political party for two years, which has teached me to work in the political arena, be persistent and fight for what you believe in.

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Organisation: The Hague Institute for Global Justice
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