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.


“Never a boring day!” - Business development in Zambia

Our Young Expert Bram de Vries is a Young Expert, who is working as a Business Developer of VDS A'campo/Holland Greentech in Zambia. Bram has written a blog about his activities and his life as Young Expert!

Changes in YEP team members

As from April 1st, there will be some changes in the YEP-team.

Preparatory training course

Training of the 15th batch starts on 17 September 2018

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (16th batch):

15 October 2018

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 5 November
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Gideon Masedi Lomoko - YEP Water at Witteveen + Bos in Ghana

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


Aug 21, 2017

Deloitte Impact Foundation supports elaboration GO YEP-vision

Since the beginning of YEP Programmes in 2013, almost 300 Young Experts have started their international careers in Water and/or Agrofood projects. The current set-up of the programme stops at the end of 2019. Currently, the YEP Programme Bureau is developing the GO YEP-vision 2030, with the support of the Deloitte Impact Foundation. The basis for the GO YEP-vision is the continuation of the current programmes YEP Water and YEP Agrofood, with a possible extension to other sectors! 


On Friday September 01, 2017, the YEP Programme Bureau and representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs organize a Visionary Meeting. They invite all organizations and companies which have hired Young Experts over the past four years to join the meeting. Deloitte Impact Foundation will moderate the discussion, focusing on the following themes:

  • Ambition is to continue YEP Water and YEP Agrofood until 2030, following the Sustainable Development Goals. What are the needs of the sectors concerning the continuation of YEP Water and YEP Agrofood?
  • The Dutch Water (and Agrofood) sector has the ambition to increase its impact abroad. YEP would like to contribute to this ambition by strategically placing Young Experts. What is the impact of Young Experts on organizations’ projects, business and programmes?
  • YEP is investigating the possible extension to other themes, for example in the field of energy, logistics, maritime, climate and sustainable conventions. Which ideas and possibilities do the sectors see?
  • Both for the continuation and the extension of YEP, new financing models are being investigated. Which consequences could this have for co-financing from the sector?

Please register online for the GO YEP Visionary Meeting (registration form in Dutch). The meeting takes place at the Babylon Meeting Center in The Hague. From 12:30 there will be sandwiches, the programme starts at 13:00 and is followed by networking drinks at 17:00.

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