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.

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!

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 19 August

Preparatory training course

Training of the 17th batch starts on 16 September
Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Thacien Munyamahame - YEP Agrofood at AgriProFocus in Rwanda

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

Edwin Anyanga Otando

Young Expert at Water Forever - Kenya

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 10

YEP Role

Carry out WASH activities in Water Forever (MajiMilele) in Kenya and parts of Uganda, especially prepaid water solutions that hence promote the sustainability of both rural and urban water projects.


Click here for more information about my project.



Design of rural and urban water supply systems, drilling capping, pump testing and develop a borehole completion reports, community water and sanitation management committee trainings. Sanitation trainings and water quality test skills



Nationality: Kenyan
Education: Degree inWater and Environmental Engineering


Experience before YEP

  • Attached at Gauf Engineures Company- a German based company, worked on water treatment works, water supply system and the sewage system in Kenya.
  • Worked at IPA( Innovations for Poverty Action) Kenya, was involved in survey- data collection for sampling in communities, took a lead in water quality analysis in the laboratory.
  • Worked at CABDA(Community Asset Building and Development Action)- Local NGO in Kenya, worked on a WASH programme funded by both SIMAVI and Arqua for All. 
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Thursday, January 26, 2017
Nambale borehole
The borehole was successfully drilled and gave a yield of 18m3/hr, which is so important to the densely populated more

Nambale borehole being drilled and when the main arquifer was sttuck