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.


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Jun 20, 2016

Floris Simons

Confirmed by the embassy, it is with deepest sorrow that we inform you on the death of Floris Simons, our fellow Young Expert in Madagascar.


Floris Simons, born on 28.02.1990, worked as a Young Expert at DIBcoop in Madagascar. He was involved in a fatal traffic accident in Madagascar on June 16 and passed away in the ambulance on its way to the hospital. We were shocked and saddened to hear the horrible news.


We remember Floris as a sparkling, active and motivated young professional who participated with great enthusiasm in YEP activities. He was very pleasant and cheerful to work with.


Our sincere condolences go out to all his family, friends, beloved ones, fellow YEPpers, colleagues and all affected by this tragedy. We wish all of you all the strength in dealing with this great loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you.


To support each other, please do contact each other, your coaches or us. You can send your condolences to the YEP mailbox ( , we will collect all and give them to Floris’ family on behalf of you all and YEP collectively.

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