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

Naima Twalib Yusuf - YEP Water at Vitens Evides International in Kenya

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

Nadia Ahmed Firoz

Where is she now? Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Lead at IPE Global Limited, Bangladesh

Young Expert at Just Business - Bangladesh

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 10

YEP Role

As the “Quality Management & Sustainability Coordinator”, I ensure the quality and safety of the products produced as well as ensure the sustainability objectives of the company are met. I work towards building the organization’s overall Sustainability Strategy. I’m taking a lead in setting up the quality management system, which will allow the organization to ensure small-holder suppliers of fruit and vegetables follow improved, efficient and safe food production techniques. This will make it possible to maximize gains for all parties, including the small-holder producers of the company. The development of the sustainability strategy is also related to the development of agriculture and how smallholders can be included in sustainable, professional agricultural sector. 

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Project Proposal Development
  • Project Management
  • Human Centered Design
  • Private Sector Engagement
  • Developing inclusive business models
  • Demonstrated passion for research and strategy development
  • Monitoring farmer records and growing activities through Farmforce
  • G.L.O.B.A.L.G.A.P certification
  • Donor Reporting
  • Team Worker
  • Excellent inter-personal skills
  • Excellent facilitation skills

Nationality: Bangladeshi
Education: Master in Poverty and Development, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK

Postgraduate Certificate on Sustainable Value Chains, Institute of Sustainability Leadership, University of Cambridge


Experience before YEP

  • Team Leader – Private Sector Engagement – iDE , Bangladesh
  • Program Officer – Traidcraft Exchange, Bangladesh Programmes
YEP Agrofood


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