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.


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Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (15th batch):

1 May 2018

Preparatory training course

Training of the 14th batch starts on 12 March 2018
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Our Young Experts

Hanna Habtemariam - YEP Agrofood at Alterra in Ethiopia

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Lobke de Pooter

Young Expert at Vitens Evides International - Bangladesh

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 8

YEP Role

I work on water supply services for Vitens Evides International (VEI), in Indonesia, Zimbabwe and currently in Bangladesh. 


Within the project in Dhaka I work on implementing DMA management and develop a project proposal for improved water supply in one of the many urban slums in Dhaka. VEI and the local water authority in Dhaka, Dhaka WASA, collaborate in an extended Water Operators Partnership (WOP) that was signed December 2017.

In Harare I supported the Non-Revenue Water (NRW) activities in the pilot areas and on institutional scale. I also contributed to capacity building of the newly established hydraulic modelling and GIS departments. 

In Indonesia my activities included extensive preparatory work on the creation of pilot areas for NRW reduction measures, extension of the network and building water kiosks in the less wealthy areas. Both projects focus on working closely together with the local water company to improve water supply. 


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  • Water treatment
  • Non revenue water
  • Hydraulic modeling
  • Project management
  • Facilitation


Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc Civil Engineering - Sanitary Engineering (TUDelft), BSc International Land & Water Management (Wageningen University)


Experience before YEP

April 2015 – April 2016: Management Trainee, Evides Waterbedrijf

Sept 2013 – Oct 2014: MSc thesis ammonia treatment based on urea addition - WASTE – Malawi

Oct 2010 – Feb 2011: BSc thesis Effluent use in agriculture: an integrated treatment approach  - CERTE - Tunisia


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Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Inception phase of WOP2
This past month I have made several visits to the district offices and the field, and the three zones under WOP2 all have water scarcity. This is one of the many challenges while working towards more

water truck in Dhaka

Thursday, December 7, 2017
Dhaka WASA + VEI = WOP2
The water authority of the metropole Dhaka and VEI continue their partnership. This was celebrated with a signing ceremony between DWASA and VEI on December 6th. The Water Operators Partnership 2 more

Signing ceremony between Dhaka WASA and VEI

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Supporting the new control centre
What is happening with water once it leaves the treament plant? Where is it flowing? What is the pressure? Who is getting water? And who is not getting water? A central unit (in the Dutch situation more

new room control centre