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.


Results alumni survey

What are the YEP alumni up to? Check out the results of our alumni survey!

New release: YEP Effect no. 2

New release: YEP Effect no. 2, which can be combined with an supplementary sheet with our annual report 2016!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 12th batch starts on 2 October 2017

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (14th batch):

1 November 2017

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 20 November
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Zaituni Kanenje - YEP Water at Vitens Evides International in Kenya

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

Lobke de Pooter

Young Expert at Vitens Evides International - Zimbabwe

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 8

YEP Role

Currently I work in Harare as Young Expert water supply for Vitens Evides International (VEI). Previously I worked in Bandung (Indonesia) in the same position within VEI.


Within the Harare project I support the Non-Revenue Water (NRW) activities in the pilot areas and on institutional scale. I also contribute to capacity building of the newly established hydraulic modelling and GIS departments. In my previous project 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. 


Click here for more information about my project.



  • 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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Thursday, August 3, 2017
Busted water pipe? Where?
When driving through Harare there is a substantial change that you will encounter a water puddle or flowing water coming from a busted water pipe. Where and when do these bursts occur? And what are more

Viewing the burst reports

Friday, July 14, 2017
Generating riddles with a data logger
What happens with treated water once it leaves the treatment plant? The distribution network in Harare is complex and at the moment a systematic overview and understanding is missing. Monitoring flow more

Happy Muzuva

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Dutch assistance control center
Within the consultancy project several organisational changes are proposed. One of the changes is the establishment of a control center, a group of people that have an overview of the flows and more

final training day control center Harare