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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Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.

YEP Effect 5: result of YEP Phase I

The fifth edition of YEP Effect has been released! In this magazine, we reflect on 16 batches of Young Experts in YEP Phase I, and the new Tailor-made programme. Download here!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 17th batch starts on 16 September
Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Laurens Poelhekke - YEP Agrofood at CDR International in Vietnam

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

YEP at SIWW 2019

From 25-30 August, the World Water Week in Stockholm will take place. YEP Programmes will be present! Vincent Cornelissen will attend on behalf of the YEP Programme Bureau, together with some (alumni) Young Experts, amongst others Emma VosReinier Veldman, Sandra van Soelen, Elke Praagman and Marius Otte.


Meet us at the following events:

  • Monday August 26, 13:00-15:00 Young Professionals Booth

    “Water needs you(th)!"

    This interactive and participatory session will reflect on how coaching and mentorship of young professionals contributes to raising the professionalism of the water sector, present evidence on the benefits of mentoring, and tools to support young professionals in their careers.  

    Hosts: YEP Programmes, Simavi, Rural Water Supply Network, Water Youth Network, Women for Water Partnership

  • Wednesday August 28, 18:00-19:30 Networking Drinks at the Dutch Pavilion

    “Gateway to Dutch Water Expertise"
    During this networking event you will get the opportunity to talk to Dutch NGOs (involved in e.g. WASH and IRWM) and get acquainted with the future water leaders: the Young Experts of YEP Programmes.
    Hosts: YEP Programmes and NWP NGO Platform

More information: Vincent Cornelissen

The entire programme of the Holland Pavilion (booth C08) is published on

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