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

Mesfin Woldeselassie - YEP Agrofood at SNV in Ethiopia

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

Ye Min Thant

Where is he now? Freelance Independent Evaluation Consultant, Myanmar

Young Expert at ICCO Cooperation - Myanmar

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 6

YEP Role

As a Programme Officer at ICCO Cooperation Myanmar, I was overseeing ongoing projects and developing new projects for three main programs such as (1) Conflict Transformation and Peace Building, (2) Agricultural Value Chains Development (with Climate Change Adaptation component) and (3) Sustainable Livelihoods for vulnerable groups such as refugees, IDPs and people with disability.

My roles in these projects included:

  • providing coordination, coaching and M&E supports to project implementation partners
  • developing strategy and projects, and write concept notes, proposals and business propositions
  • conducting research activities related to selected agricultural value chains
  • networking and building relationships with private sector actors, prospective donor agencies and relevant government agencies
  • collaborating with diverse stakeholders such as Armed Groups, Provincial Government and Parliament, grassroots CSOs in peace building projects.
Click here for more information about my project.



Program Development, Fundraising, Coordination, Research, Policy Analysis and Advocacy, Communications, M&E



Nationality: Myanmar
Education: Bachelor of Business Administration (University of New Brunswick), Masters of Policy Studies (University of New Brunswick)


Experience before YEP

  • Policy Advocacy Officer at Food Security Working Group, Myanmar
  • Web Communications Coordinator at Entrepreneurship Education Evaluation Project, a worldwide longitudinal research project, based in Canada
  • Supervisor at Student Union Building of University of New Brunswick and Saint Thomas University, Canada
  • Junior Research Consultant at Young Women's Christian Association, Myanmar
  • Microfinance Loan Officer at Young Women's Christian Association, Myanmar
  • Sales and Communications Assistant, Coriander Leaf Group, Singapore
  • Data Translator at World Concern Myanmar
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