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.


MDF newsletter by Young Experts!

A number of the Young Experts, employed by MDF, have released another edition of the "What's Yeppening" newsletter of MDF!

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

Caitlin Courtney - YEP Water at Colsen in South Africa

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


Sep 25, 2018

The career of YEP alumna Meskerem Ritmeester

After concluding her time in YEP, being a Young Expert at Fair & Sustainable in Ethiopia, Meskerem Ritmeester became the Country Network Coordinator of AgriProFocus in Ethiopia. To learn more about effectively supporting her team, she recently joined the Leadership and People Management Course by MDF. Lisa Freiburg, another YEP alumna, trained her in on these skills!


Meskerem shared her experiences about this training in an article on MDFs website.



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