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

Victor Shana - YEP Tailor-made at WaterWorX in Zimbabwe

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

Lisanne Achterberg

Young Expert at Max Foundation - Bangladesh

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 10

YEP Role

As of January 2017, I have been working as Business Development and Partnerships Manager for Max Foundation’s Bangladesh office. This means that I contribute to fundraising by identifying new opportunities for funding and translating our goals and methods in Bangladesh to fight child mortality and increase child health into well-designed proposals. Moreover, to support all fundraising initiatives and increase the effectivity and efficiency of our programs, I maintain and develop good working relationships with partners and potential partners.

In my efforts, I work closely with our Country Director in Bangladesh, as well as the Max Foundation business development department in the Netherlands.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Business development
  • Stakeholder coordination
  • Proposal writing
  • Interdisciplinary thinking and linking

Nationality: Dutch
Education: MA International Studies, at Leiden University; BA International Relations and International Organisation at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen


Experience before YEP

  • Event coordinator – Crosswise Works, for Capital Impact event at Amsterdam Capital Week
  • Intern Food Security – Embassy of the Netherlands in Bangladesh
  • Intern Communications – Crosswise Works
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