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

Mercy Muriithi Wangui - YEP Agrofood at GDK Software in Kenya

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

Nermin Imseih

Where is she now? PR&Communications Officer at Palestian Hydrology Group

Young Expert at Middle East Partners Consultancy & Management Support - Palestinian territories

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 8

YEP Role

As a Young Expert I was hired by the Middle East Partners to work for the Palestinian Hydrology Group (PHG) in Palestine, where I assisted in the expansion of water and Agro food projects, and the Private sector.  I primarily focused on partnership development and support by attempting to introduce a service center for Palestinian water/Agrofood start-up companies.

Click here for more information about my project.



I am an analytical person with a background in Gender and Developmental Studies. Interdisciplinary thinking, research and outreach are important aspects of the work I am doing at the moment at the Palestinian Hydrology Group. Moreover, I have ability to communicate with people from diverse cultures.



Nationality: Palestinian
Education: MSc Gender and Developmental Studies


Experience before YEP

  • Professional experience in research, project management and Communications. After my studies I have gained work experience in the private sector
  • Administrative, Public Relations and Communications assistance
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Data Collection and Management
Data Collection and Management a long process, but more

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
YEP Training
Second day of YEP training Programme. Looking forward to learning more about the Dutch Water and AgroFood more