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

Britt de Lange - YEP Water at One to Watch B.V. in Myanmar

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

Rianne van Dorp

Where is she now? Technical advisor at Programme Integrated Water Management, Haiti

Young Expert at - Mali

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 9

YEP Role

I work as a Young Water Expert within the PCA-GIRE project, which is a project for IWRM in the Niger River Basin, and is implemented by the Direction Nationale de l’Hydraulique. I will work with the group responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of water quality and quantity. One day a week I work at the Akvo office in Bamako, since Akvo tools such as ‘Akvo Flow’, are used within DNH for example for the mapping of water points in Mali.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • I am goal oriented

  • Theoretical knowledge of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) principles

  • Adaptive

  • Organisation and planning

  • Analytical


Nationality: Dutch
Education: Land and Water Management BSc, Van-Hall Larenstein, Development and Rural Innovation MSc, Wageningen University


Experience before YEP

  • Intern at Vitens Evides International working for the Blantyre Water Board in Malawi
  • Intern at Aveiro University working within the research team for erosion studies
  • Intern at TU Delft in cooperation with UNESCO-IHE - Researching ‘perceptions of IWRM’ in Ayeyarwady River Basin in Myanmar
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Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Theory of Change workshop for re-orientation of PCA-GIRE programme
Last week, PCA-GIRE together with all her partners worked on a re-orientation of the programme using the Theory of Change. This re-orientation is necessary to find a new focus for the coming 2 years ( more

Working on the theory of change for the PCA-GIRE re-orientation.

Thursday, March 29, 2018
Water quality testing in the Niger river @ Koulikoro with Akvo Caddisfly
Yesterday morning, Wetlands International, Akvo and the national laboratory (Laboratoire National des Eaux) took off to Koulikoro to perform water quality tests in the Niger river. At 3 different more

Analysing the water quality of Niger river with Akvo Caddisfly @ Koulikoro.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Waiting for the results of second sampling round to measure the water quality
Currently, we at the DNH are waiting for the results of the second sampling round of the surface water quality monitoring project that took place last november (2017). Different than from the first more

Lamine from the lab measuring the pH at Sélingué, Mali.