What & why
The Young Expert Programmes consist of YEP Water and YEP Agrofood. The main goal of both programmes is to offer young Dutch professionals the opportunity to gain experience abroad and to offer young local professionals the opportunity to gain experience with working in an international environment through Dutch organisations.
The YEP Programmes offer viable opportunities for young professionals, as well as for the Dutch water and agrofood sectors. The number of young professionals in both sectors that have international experience is steadily declining across The Netherlands and most of the world, whereas the Netherlands has a reputation to uphold for its water management and inventiveness. At the same time, the importance of the food sector for sustainable development in Low & Middle Income Countries is on the rise, and the challenges regarding water management are ever-growing. Therefore, the programmes strive to assure the continued availability of international professionalism and expertise in the water and agrofood sectors.
The deployment of Young Experts is strongly related to one or more of the following themes of the Dutch development cooperation policy:
- efficient water management, in particular in the agricultural sector
- improved river basin management and safe estuaries
- access to safe drinking water and sanitation
- eradicating of existing hunger and malnutrition
- promoting of inclusive and sustainable growth in the agricultural sector
- creating of ecologically sustainable food systems
Dutch companies, knowledge institutions and social organisations that are involved in the policy for, and implementation of, development cooperation activities outside the Netherlands can submit a project proposal for the deployment of a Young Expert. The period of deployment is a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 2 years.
During their programme the Young Experts receive intensive training and coaching as part of the learning agility approach. With a focus on self awareness, the Young Experts identify opportunities for professional development and personal growth, to be able to focus in their work on change, stakeholders and results.