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

Sarah Nalumansi - YEP Water at Rain Foundation in Uganda

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

Gemma Betsema

Where is she now? Multi-stakeholder officer NL Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Researcher Utrecht University

Young Expert at Shared Value Foundation - Kenya

YEP period 2017 - 2018, batch 10

YEP Role

Project Lead Learning Platforms for Shared Value Foundation, in close collaboration with LANDac, CIFOR and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP). I was responsible for coordination, stakeholder engagement, lobbying and advocacy and research activities in preparation of implementing multi-stakeholder learning platforms on inclusive business, land governance and food security in Tanzania, Mozambique and Uganda.


The Learning Platforms were set up in investment hubs in the countries and aimed to better link local knowledge and context with multi-stakeholder learning and dialogue, accompanied by follow-up activities for implementation and monitoring. The main aim of the platforms was to optimise local impacts of agro-food investments for food security in the three target countries. 

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  • Land governance
  • Inclusive business models
  • Multi-stakeholder processes

Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam


Experience before YEP

I have a background in Sociology and International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Areas of interest within international development include rural development, private sector, inclusive business models, responsible investment, land governance, food security and multi-stakeholder approaches.


After graduating, I worked for research funding agency WOTRO, and was involved in short-term assignments for the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), the VU University’s Centre for International Cooperation (CIC) and as a consultant on land governance for DGIS at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In addition, I contributed to a CSR Netherlands commissioned study at the Utrecht University into Dutch and European entrepreneurs in the agro-food sector in Kenya. 


Before joining the YEP Programme, I was the coordinator of the Netherlands Land Academy (LANDac). Since 2015, I have – within LANDac – been closely involved in the development of a knowledge agenda on land governance and food security, including three country-specific learning trajectories on land governance and food security in Ethiopia, Ghana and Uganda. As part of this knowledge agenda, I co-authored the publication ‘Flowers for food? Scoping study on Dutch flower farms, land governance and local food security in Eastern Africa’ and ‘Linking land governance and food security in Africa – Outcomes from Uganda, Ghana & Ethiopia’. The current Learning Platforms are a follow-up to this earlier work. I have work experience in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Mozambique, the Netherlands, Tanzania and Uganda.

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