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

Niels van den Bosch - YEP Agrofood at Wageningen University & Research in Nigeria

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

Ruben van der Meulen

Young Expert at Acacia Water - Kenya

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 11

YEP Role

As a Young Expert, I work on many projects in East Africa concerning water management. My work is on one hand content oriented – I work on projects making hydrological assessments, doing GIS analyses, modelling, performing and overseeing fieldwork, and writing reports. On the other hand, my work is network oriented – I am stationed in Kenya as we feel at Acacia Water that there is a lot of potential in this region to do more work, and I am tasked with exploring opportunities in the area.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • IWRM
  • GIS
  • Data analysis
  • Modelling
  • Teamwork
  • Analytical and critical thinking

Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc Earth and Environment, specialization Hydrology and Water Resources 


Experience before YEP

  • 07/2016 – 06/2017: Acacia Water | Junior Consultant Hydrology. Fully content oriented position, with similar tasks as my current YEP position excluding the network oriented side
  • 02/2016 – 06/2016: Acacia Water & Wageningen University | Intern. Working on a hydrological modelling study of an area in Sudan
  • 02/2015 – 06/2015: Wageningen University & University Federal do Céara | Research assistant. Working on a research linking water availability to regeneration of natural forests of the Caatinga biome, stationed in Fortaleza, Brazil
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