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.


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

Filoca Alecandre Fondo - YEP Water at Waterschap Hunze en Aa's in Mozambique

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

Caitlin Courtney

Young Expert at Colsen - South Africa

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 11

YEP Role

I am a Junior Engineer at Aquest Colsen. We specialise in the field of waste water treatment, biogas production and sustainable energy. Our core activities can be described by in-house development and application of innovative technologies for re-use of water, recovery of nutrients from waste water and organic waste and the application of sustainable energy from biogas. I am currently working on three pilot projects in the fields of UV disinfection of wastewater, thermophilic digestion and nutrient recovery in manure.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Project management
  • Research and development
  • Problem solving and Analysis
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Visual Communication

Nationality: South African
Education: BSc. Honours in Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town


Experience before YEP

I completed my honours thesis on the water footprint of beef in South Africa. This gave me a deep insight into the importance of water management in South Africa and thus lead me to pursue a career in the water sector. 

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Thursday, June 8, 2017
Sampling Training Day
Effective sampling is essential in ensuring accurate results when recording progress in a project. Recently we spent the day training relevant parties in how to take samples ensuring that no more