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

Jeremiah Ouko Magar - YEP Water at Connect International in Kenya

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

Marjolijn Hekelaar

Young Expert at Cocoanect - Ghana

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 12

YEP Role

Sustainability Representative Ghana: Supervising programs and developing the M&E framework in order to measure and increase the impact of Cocoanect’s sustainability activities, together with local partner the Louis Bolk Institute / Agro Eco.  


Click here for more information about my project.



  • Knowledge management
  • Evidence-based policy making
  • Governance & development 

Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc in Conflict Resolution and Governance of the University of Amsterdam, BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences of Maastricht University


Experience before YEP

  • SNV Netherlands Development Organization: governance data management for a USAID funded rural sanitation program in Rwanda & program development for urban water supply services at HO in The Hague.
  • Impact Centre Erasmus University Rotterdam: action research projects for NGOs (Simavi, MaxFoundation, Wash Alliance International) and corporate philanthropy initiatives (G-Star Foundation).
  • Netherlands Embassy in Zimbabwe: internship in political and economic affairs. 
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