YEP

The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water & YEP Agrofood, is to offer young Dutch and local professionals the opportunity to take their first steps in an international environment. They are employed through Dutch organisations in a number of eligible countries. The programmes aim to rejuvenate the Water & Agrofood sectors and ensure the continued availability of expertise for these sectors.

The YEP Programmes are carried out jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.

NEWS

YEP Effect 4 has been released!

During the YEP kick off of batch 15,  another new edition of YEP Effect has been officially launched: the fourth edition is now available!

YEP alumnus Jacques on TV!

Jacques Tuyishime, alumnus of YEP Programmes, is now Managing Director at Holland GreenTech in Rwanda. He has developed several skills during his time in YEP,  especially during the Personal Development Training!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 16th batch starts on 4 February 2019
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts


Sarah Nalumansi - YEP Water at Rain Foundation in Uganda
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Click here for an overview of all YEP projects at Akvo RSR

Sieske Valk

Where is she now? Owner at Sies United Kingdom
History

Young Expert at The Hague Institute for Global Justice - Tanzania


YEP period 2015 - 2016, batch 4

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.

Click here for more information about my project.

 

Skills

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

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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History


Monday, November 2, 2015
It’s a wrap, people!
After finishing up the national multi-level stakeholder workshop, it was time for me to wrap things up. But first I needed a holiday! My parents visited Zanzibar and we explored the island and did...read more

Thank you Zanzibar: I had a blast!

Monday, November 2, 2015
Multi-stakeholder dialogue
In September we, together with the Department of Environment of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, organized our first national multi-stakeholder workshop for the project. This one was held in ...read more

Local stakeholders presenting the problems they face in their villages

Saturday, October 31, 2015
The World Water Mafia get-together
The ‘World Water Mafia’ (as one person called it), got together in the beautiful town of Stockholm, and for one week, the very clean and water rich city was filled with people wearing the SIWI Wor...read more

Welcome to World Water Week