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.


MDF newsletter by Young Experts!

A number of the Young Experts, employed by MDF, have released another edition of the "What's Yeppening" newsletter of MDF!

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

Keba Lema

Where is she now? Finance Manager at Wadi El Sundus Petroleum Co. Ethiopia

Young Expert at Soil & More International B.V. - Ethiopia

YEP period 2016 - 2017, batch 7

YEP Role

I worked with Soil and More Ethiopia. I was responsible for monitoring and evaluation of various project, helping set up (Improve) financial and administrative system and quality control based on existing operating procedures.

Click here for more information about my project.



I have more than six years experience on developing and maintaining timely and accurate financial statements and reports for various projects and programmes. I am highly organized and focused on details and I have strong analytical skills.



Nationality: Ethiopian

  • MBA (Unity University-2nd year)
  • BA in Management (Unity University-FBE, 2015)
  • BA in Accounting and Finance (Addis Ababa University- FBE, 2008)


Experience before YEP

  • Aug 2015-recent-Finance Head at Soil and More Ethiopia. Set up and manage the financial accouting,monotoring, evaluation and reporting  system, budget preparation)
  • Dec 2012-May 2015-Senior Accountant at Dalol Oil Share Company. Assist with annual external audit examination, Assist in preparing assigned schedules for the annual and interim audit
  • 2010-2012- Accountant at Wadi El Sundus Petroleum Company. Assist with annual external audit examination, Assist in preparing assigned schedules for the annual and interim audit
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