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.


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

Bram de Vries - YEP Agrofood at VDS A’campo in Zambia

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

Eelco van der Pal

Where is he now? Planner at Denys, the Netherlands

Young Expert at Connect International - Tanzania

YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 4

YEP Role

The Southern Highlands Participatory Organization (SHIPO) is a Tanzanian Non-Governmental Organisation based in Njombe, Tanzania. My role at SHIPO was to coordinate the SMART Training Centre, together with a local Young Expert Eugenia Kimaro. SMART stands for Sustainable, Marketable, Affordable, Reliable Technologies. The SMART Centre trains local entrepreneurs but also international NGO’s in a variety of low cost technologies, such as rope pump production, well drilling, groundwater recharge systems and drip irrigation systems. As a coordinator I was responsible for the organisation, funding, planning, and guidance of the trainings. For more information, visit the SMART Centre website.

Besides coordinating the SMART Centre I was involved in the implementation of a web based monitoring system: SMART Info. SMART Info is a software package for project oriented organisations aiming at high quality and was developed by Connect International Foundation. The program facilitates in essential issues, such as:

  1. Project planning
  2. Creating monitoring lists for products in various phases (activity phase, finalized product phase and evaluation phase)
  3. Data entry by using online and offline monitoring forms
  4. Reporting and using reports to learn and to improve quality

My tasks related to the implementation of SMART Info include training employees, developing monitoring strategies, data quality analysis and improving the system.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Project management
  • Planning, monitoring, evaluation
  • Practical thinking and solution oriented
  • Training skills
  • Using a project based approach in multidisciplinary projects

Nationality: Dutch
Education: BSc. in Civil Engineering (Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarden), MSc. in Water Management, specialization water resources management (Delft University of Technology)


Experience before YEP

  • Reducing non-revenue water in Accra, Ghana via Vitens Evides International (2007). During this internship I have set up a project that contributes to the decrease in non-revenue water in Accra. Via fieldwork we (the project team) collected and analyzed coordinates of connected customers of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL). I then transferred the tasks to local employees and led the project and the project team.
  • Research project in South Africa and Zambia via Delft University (2010). A new method for measuring temperature was developed and I tested the method in both laboratory conditions as well as in the African field conditions. The research was part of the Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory (TAHMO) project.
  • Process manager at the water board of Rijnland, Leiden (2012-2014). As a process manager I was responsible for the progress of various projects, such as the urban water plans for various municipalities. My daily activities consisted of organizing internal and external progress meetings, project planning and organizing field visits.
  • As a participant of the Nationaal Watertraineeship (2012-2014) I worked in four multidisciplinary project teams on water related topics. For example I was a participant of the Wetskills programme in Mozambique (2013). In this event 20 contestants from the Netherlands and Mozambique have worked on local water issues concerning drinking water, irrigation, sanitation and the building of a new dam. The results of these cases have been presented to the audience with the use of pitches and posters, during the official launch of the Mozambican Water Partnership (PLAMA).
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Africa Water Week - Dar es Salaam
The SHIPO SMART Centre is representing the SMART Centre Group at the Africa Water Week in Dar es Salaam. The theme of this event is achieving the Sustainable Development Goals on water security and more

Laban explaining SMARTechs to Mr. Mwai Kibaki, former president of Kenya

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Monitoring and evaluation training
During the training we were explained about result based monitoring. more

René - mdf

Friday, October 2, 2015
Monitoring a rope pump
The SMART Centre has implemented a certification program in order to ensure quality products. Producers need to fulfill specific requirements in order to obtain a certificate. This picture was taken more