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

Rukia Yange - YEP Tailor-made at WaterWorX in Tanzania

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

Tewodros Mekonnen Demeke

Where is he now? Inclusive Business Advisor at SNV Ethiopia

Young Expert at SNV - Ethiopia

YEP period 2015 - 2017, batch 7

YEP Role

M & E at SNV Ethiopia

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Project Management
  • Value Chain Analysis
  • Project Appraisal
  • Trainer
  • Business Development


Nationality: Ethiopian
Education: MA


Experience before YEP

5 years


YEP Agrofood


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Thursday, October 27, 2016
ASPIRE Grantee Fund ( AGF )
ASPIRE designed a guarantee fund (ASPIRE Guarantee Fund, or AGF) to avail adequate financing to key actors of the apiculture value chain. Though the project document speaks about finance availability more

Honey Bought By AGF

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Bridging capacity gaps in bee products quality testing
In Ethiopia there are few accredited agri-food quality testing laboratories. SNV is bridging this capacity gap. “Lack of accredited agri-food quality testing laboratories in Ethiopia made more

Trainee laboratory technicians conducting full honey analysis

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
2015 Annual Report
Key Results Annual Targets Achievements % Pillar I: Business to business development • Result 1: Business relationships initiated, Ethiopian beekeepers, of which at least 20% women, more

Model Beekeepers Training In Bahir Dare