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.


Feasibility Study YEP Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

At this moment, a fesibility study is being carried out to investigate the added value of a YEP Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (YEP SRHR).

Evaluation YEP Programmes

Currently, YEP Programmes is being evaluated by Ecorys. We would appreciate your full cooperation, in order to continue YEP Programmes, hopefully with an extension to other sectors!

“Never a boring day!” - Business development in Zambia

Our Young Expert Bram de Vries is a Young Expert, who is working as a Business Developer of VDS A'campo/Holland Greentech in Zambia. Bram has written a blog about his activities and his life as Young Expert!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 15th batch starts on 17 September 2018

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (16th batch):

15 October 2018

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 5 November
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Nada Al-Dahmashi - YEP Water at Meta Meta in Yemen

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

Dorothy Chisopa Mwambazi

Where is she now? Project officer at WWF Zambia

Young Expert at WNF - Zambia

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 9

YEP Role

As a Young Agrofood Expert, I am working in rural Western Zambia in supporting climate smart innovations in agriculture. I will provide technical support in the design of project activities in support of conservation agriculture and serve as a liaise officer between the WNF Zambia conservation agriculture team and local experts. I will also support the project team in monitoring progress and impact of climate smart agriculture projects, coordinating program activities and preparing technical papers relevant to the project.

Click here for more information about my project.



Environmental Impact Assessment, Research, Community Mobilization, Mandarin Chinese



Nationality: Zambian
Education: Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering


Experience before YEP

In my sophomore year, I started a micro retail business on Facebook, supplying fashion and hair accessories to young Zambian women exported from China. I also took a part time job as a tutor for English, and translating written documents from English to Mandarin Chinese and vice versa. Prior to my third academic year I worked as an intern at Zambia Electricity Supply Company Limited (ZESCO) in the Environmental and Social Affairs Unit during my 2013 summer break.


As a senior, I interned at the Wuxi Environmental Monitoring Institute in Wuxi China, with the primary role of water and air quality monitoring and testing. After my graduation in June 2015, I continued to run my business and later worked as a Mandarin Chinese interpreter at Zamart Advertising Limited in Lusaka, Zambia.

YEP Agrofood


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Saturday, February 18, 2017
Better harvest this year
The past 2 years, there has been a drought in the project target areas. With rain fed agriculture, farmers had little harvests, while some did not at all. Planting of drought resistant crops such as more

Me in a conservation agriculture maize field

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
What a view!
On the road to the 'field' or project target areas, you can't help but take in the nature around. It is a beautiful place. I am particularly drawn to the beautiful skies. It is amazing to have such a more

Random shot offroad, Muzizile tree (local name) and the Matebele plains

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
The fields are coming up!
One of the most inspiring things about the work I am doing in conservation agriculture is seeing and hearing about how lives have actually been changed through it. There is nothing better than that. more