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

Harold Hoiting - YEP Water at Mott MacDonald in Egypt

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 worked in rural Western Zambia on supporting climate smart innovations in agriculture. I provided technical support in the design of project activities in support of conservation agriculture and served as a liaise officer between the WNF Zambia conservation agriculture team and local experts. I also supported 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