The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water, YEP Agrofood, YEP Energy and YEP Tailor-made, 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 and renewable energy 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), the Food & Business Knowledge Platform and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.


Preparatory training course

Training of the 20th batch starts on 15 June

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 22):

11 October 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 28 October

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Samson Tembo - YEP Tailor-made at WaterWorX in Zambia

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


Apr 30, 2019

YEP Effect 5: result of YEP Phase I

The fifth edition of YEP Effect has just been released! This magazine reflects on 16 batches of Young Experts in YEP Phase I, and the new YEP Tailor-made programme. Currently, we are negotiating about YEP Phase II, we hope to continue the Young Expert Programmes (YEP Programmes) soon!


In the last years, YEP Programmes was able to kickstart the international careers of 404 Young Experts, making a huge impact in 38 countries! In YEP Effect 5, you will read about their experiences and contributions to the SDGs in the water and agrofood sectors. Furthermore, we launch our YEP Learning Tracks, you will read about a succesfull event in Colombia, organised by 8 Young Experts, read stories about applying the YEP trainings in projects/personal lives, and many more! Download YEP Effect here!


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