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

Elske Möring - YEP Water at Van Essen Instruments in Colombia

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

Pieter van Schaik

Where is he now? Project Manager at AEB, the Netherlands

Young Expert at VDS A’campo - Rwanda

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 7

YEP Role

I am working as Strategic Product Developer for Holland Greentech in Rwanda. My main task is to develop a complete concept of products and services to make it possible for the smallholder farmers to switch to protected horticulture. One of the biggest part in this is the design of a low-tech greenhouse which can be manufactured in Rwanda. Another big part is the development of the portfolio of products and services to support the first steps to protected horticulture.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Product Service System design
  • Business model design
  • Design Thinking
  • Visual communication
  • Project management


Nationality: Dutch
Education: BSc Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology
MSc Strategic Product Design, Delft University of Technology


Experience before YEP

2015: Graduation thesis “PAYG in South Africa And Zimbabwe. Finding the appropriate PSS to make solar home systems affordable”. Performed in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Tanzania for SolarWorks.
August 2014 – January 2015: Legbank Project. Development of a Product-Service System for a high quality prosthesis in the context of low-income areas in Colombia together with 5 other designers and the social enterprise ProPortion.
August 2012 – December 2014: Design and Development Trainee. Part-time involved in the design and development of products to measure and monitor vital health signals at the Dutch company Agis Automatisering
YEP Agrofood


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Saturday, September 23, 2017
Time flies - from greenhouses to irrigation
It has been a while that the last update was posted, but there is a lot to write about. First of all; greenhouses became less important. There are a few reasons for it. First, greenhouses are ( more

5200 m2 greenhouse under construction. 11% elevation. Stunning environment

Monday, May 2, 2016
Red bricks in greenhouses.
Bricks, made of red soil, are stacked up to dry in this little greenhouse. The farmer, who just showed us also his private church, is silent. He bought this greenhouse almost two years ago, but more

Greenhouses for brick production. Hard to eat.