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.


Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.

Announcement: new deadlines for submitting YEP proposals!

New deadline for submitting YEP proposals: 30 June!!

YEP Effect 5: result of YEP Phase I

The fifth edition of YEP Effect has been released! In this magazine, we reflect on 16 batches of Young Experts in YEP Phase I, and the new Tailor-made programme. Download here!

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 17 and 18):

30 June 2018

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 18 July

Preparatory training course

Training of the 17th batch starts on 16 September
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Patricia Mwansa - YEP Agrofood at VDS A’campo in Zambia

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

Lyndré Nel

Where is she now? PhD position Environmental Sciences, Hungary

Young Expert at Land Life Company - South Africa

YEP period 2016 - 2017, batch 10

YEP Role

As a Business Development facilitator I learnt and assisted in a wide variety of tasks including building and maintaining a market for Cocoons, a Land Life Company product, in southern Africa. Engaging in the research and development of the Cocoons within the local context was a key role and the support to the clients on the use of the Cocoons. I provided support by establishing the new company in South Africa, named Uboomi Pty. (Ltd.) and foster its development. There will be a specific focus of investigating possibilities of local production of the Cocoon in South Africa.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Business Management

  • Project Management

  • Network Facilitation

  • Communication and networking

  • Stakeholder Engagement

  • Partnership Development


Nationality: South African
Education: MSc Conservation Ecology, Stellenbosch University (2013-2015). Bsc (Honours) Conservation Ecology, Stellenbosch University (2009-2012)


Experience before YEP

Landscape Mobiliser; project manager, build and strengthen working networks, consulting at Living Lands (2015-2016)

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