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

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Emilinah Namaganda

Young Expert at Shared Value Foundation - Uganda

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 10

YEP Role

As a Young Expert, I am doing research in Uganda and Tanzania on how to create shared value in relation to land based investments, between private investors and the local communities in which they invest. To this end, I am engaging with local communities through interviews and focus group discussions where I collect data on local needs and priorities.


I am also organising stakeholder meetings including government authorities, NGOs and private investors where their needs and priorities are also ascertained. The outcomes from discussions with all these different parties are then brought into 3-day learning meetings with the aim to better align land based investments with local needs.


Click here for more information about my project.



  • Social Network Analysis
  • Institutional Analysis
  • Water and Land Management 

Nationality: Ugandan
Education: Master of Environmental Science, Wageningen University, The Netherlands


Experience before YEP

In 2014, after my obtaining Bachelor Degree, I worked with Makerere University, Uganda on research investigating the role of institutions in reducing vulnerability to climate change in the Lake Victoria Basin. I conducted interviews with institutions involved in water resource management in the Basin.


Through the interviews, I gathered data on what was being done to adapt to climate change, what collaborations were occurring, and could occur, in order to contribute to climate change adaptation in the Lake Victoria Basin. Using Social Network Analysis, I gave recommendations on the nature of collaboration that need to occur to contribute to climate change adaptation in the basin.


In 2015, I started my Masters Programme. Within the programme, I undertook research into how institutions in the Rufiji Basin, Tanzania could collaborate towards water resource management under climate change uncertainty in the basin. I also conducted an internship at the Global Water Partnership Organization in Stockholm. Most of my work here involved analyzing how countries could be supported in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly goal 6 on water access and sanitation.

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Friday, March 10, 2017
Community survey
There are several large scale investments in Southern Tanzania. A colleague and I have spent about a week so far in a rural area talking to community members. During these interactions, we discuss more

Left (Community member), middle (Emilinah-myself), right (Joyce-translator)