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.


Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 18 December

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (14th batch):

1 December 2017

Preparatory training course

Training of the 13th batch starts on 13 November 2017
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Biniyam Mengesha - YEP Agrofood at ASA - Africa Sustainable Aquaculture B.V. in Ethiopia

Click here for an overview of all YEP projects at Akvo RSR

YEP Publications

On this page you'll find more information about YEP Programmes. All publications can be downloaded in the column on this page.


YEP Effect

The YEP Effect magazines cover several stories of Young Experts and the effects they have of had during their work as a Young Expert.


In April 2017, the second edition of YEP Effect was released! We combined this edition with a supplementary sheet which shows our Annual Report of 2016. The first release of YEP Effect was launched in January 2017,  at the kick off for Batch 10.



Our infographics provide an overview of the results of the programmes up to batch #11.



The flyer gives a brief overview of the most important criteria to be met by organisations as well as candidate Young Experts.


Annual Report

The annual report of 2016 described the achieved results over the course of 2016. The report is designed in a poster with several infographics and tables. The annual report is an annex with the second edition of YEP Effect. The print version of the annual report can be downloaded here.


The annual reports of 2014 and 2015 are available as well.