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.


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New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

We are proud to present the 6th edition of YEP Effect!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 21st batch starts on 21 September

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
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Micheal Jonga - YEP Water at Simavi in Uganda

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

Martina Groenemeijer

Where is she now? Product manager at Future Pump, Kenya

Young Expert at Practica Foundation - Kenya

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 7

YEP Role

As a young expert working for PRACTICA Foundation and Futurepump Kenya I was mainly involved in the data collection for monitoring and evaluation of the Sunflower solar irrigation pump. In order to ensure the pump meets customers’ requirements, relevant data on the technical performance, social, environmental and economic impact needed to be collected. Therefore, a system for data collection and analysis needed to be set-up.


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Community Water Management
Irrigation and drainage
Field data collection



Nationality: Dutch
Education: Bsc and Msc International Land and Water Management at Wageningen University. Minor: Delta thinker, preserving water at Delft University of Technology. Msc Thesis research: Statistical comparison of the water productivity of Argentinean irrigators


Experience before YEP

  • Innovation education assistant, Water Resource Management Chair Group, Wageningen University: I helped renew the Msc course Water System Design for Water Use from Multiple Sources, where the conjunctive use of surface water, groundwater, waste water and drainage for irrigation is tackled. I created online e-modules in Blackboard in combination with FeedbackFruits, filmed irrigation practices on location in Hyderabad, India and edited videos and studio recordings into knowledge clips.
  • Consultancy Intern Community Water Management Pilot, Euroconsult MottMacdonald, Blue Gold Program, Bangladesh: Developed and executed a baseline study on production and field drainage within a polder in Bangladesh and supported the first steps towards implementation.
  • Research Intern and Bsc thesis, Bridges Across Borders Cambodia (BABC), Cambodia: Assessed a small scale irrigation system, both the infrastructure as well as the management to review possibilities for improvement or expansion.
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Monday, June 13, 2016
Renewed website
Have a look at our renewed website, that makes it easier for potential, customers, distributors and funders to contact us. You can also find a blog there on the training we gave more

Demonstration being set-up by Solar Now in Kapchorwa

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Gathering technical performance and impact data
06-07-2016 At this stage we have visited 30 of our customers to learn from them what they are doing with Futurepump's SF1. We are trying to analyse and translate that data into targeted marketing, more

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Training on online reporting
21-01-2016 As part of the YEP training in preparation of my work in Kenya we are learning different methods and tools that are convenient in an intercultural and international setting. Today we are more