The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water, EP 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.


Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.

YEP Effect 5: result of YEP Phase I

The fifth edition of YEP Effect has been released! In this magazine, we reflect on 16 batches of Young Experts in YEP Phase I, and the new Tailor-made programme. Download here!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 17th batch starts on 16 September
Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Ana Maria Nieto - YEP Agrofood at Stichting Konfinanzas in Colombia

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

Elke Praagman

Where is she now? Senior Expert Ecosystem Services at IUCN, the Netherlands

Young Expert at WNF - Zambia

YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 2

YEP Role

Young Expert freshwater and wetlands. Putting in place a monitoring system for environmental flow releases by large dams in the Zambezi River Basin. Click here for more information about my project.



Geology, water management, water engineering



Nationality: Dutch
Education: BSc Geology, Utrecht University


Experience before YEP

October 2013: Environmental consultant, EcoSelect
July 2009–December 2010: Environmental consultant, Inpijn-Blokpoel Milieu- en Geotechniek, project manager for soil and environmental investigation
February 2009 – July 2009: Teacher of physics, Het Nieuwe Eemland college, Amersfoort, teaching physics to students in secondary school. Job requirements: Classroom- and time management, excellent communication skills, setting an example for students/ role model, excellent social skills and empathy

YEP Water


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Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Project online!
I just published my project! Just a short introduction to myself, my name is Elke Praagman, and will be leaving for Zambia in March. I will be working on the E-flow programme in the Zambezi River more

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