The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water, YEP Agrofood, YEP Energy and YEP Tailor-made, 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 and renewable energy 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), the Food & Business Knowledge Platform and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.


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New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

We are proud to present the 6th edition of YEP Effect!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 21st batch starts on 21 September

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 22):

11 October 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 28 October
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Jelmer Klinkenberg - YEP Agrofood at ICCO Cooperation in Cambodia

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

Lawrence Kimaru

Where is he now? WASH Expert at SNV Kenya

Young Expert at SNV - Kenya

YEP period 2013 - 2015, batch 1

YEP Role

My role as a Local-YEP'er was as the WASH Advisor for SNV in providing advisory services - Demonstrating and Up-scaling of an Innovative Sanitation Value Chain for the (Peri)-Urban Low Income Areas project.

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  • Undertake preparatory studies; including a market survey to determine consumer preferences, technology options, household segmentation, etc., as well as an end-user survey among residents of Low Income Areas (LIAs) on willingness to borrow money and ability to pay it back.
  • Capacity building support to private sector actors, entrepreneurs and youth groups involved in the collection and transport of human waste (including business planning, entrepreneurship and financial aspects).
  • Spearhead a market research into willingness of farmers to use compost and urine as bio-fertilizer, potential crops and potential users of the products, relating it to good practice in other African countries.
  • Contribute to formation of a sanitation value chain expert group.
  • Documentation of project approach and outcomes for dissemination and up-scaling to other towns and cities in Kenya.

Nationality: Kenyan
Education: I have a background in Sociology and Philosophy (BA. Hons) Kenya, in addition I am currently pursuing Applied Philosophy and Ethics (MA).


Experience before YEP

I have experience in implementing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programme with specific tasks to contribute to program planning, implementation and evaluation of program/project activities as well as supporting analytical work.

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Friday, July 22, 2016
Building on the preliminary results in which the first set of experiments conducted in July/December 2015 tested Struvite (a slow release fertilizer made from pure human urine) on field crops (maize), more

Cabbage and Maize from Faecal Matter Products

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Sanitation Value Chain
Wide application of sewers in LIAs is not realistic in thecoming decade because of high costs. On the other hand,on site solutions (pit latrines, ecosan) are much dependent on the interested of more

Sanitation Value Chain From Toilet to Reuse

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Challenges Faced
As NCSP programme is implimenting its activities, numerous challenges have arisen and as a result has made it possible for the programme to be focused. More importantly, significance has been given more

Challenges posed by wild animals in pilot areas