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!

Bram and Su trainers on farmer entrepreneurship

Our soon-to-be Young Experts Bram Peters and Su Myat (both batch 15) already trained local partner on farmer entrepreneurship.

Seeding for a win-win - Leul Habte ABDI, SNV Ethiopia

SNV Ethiopia is currently implementing a three-year project called Gender and Youth Empowerment in Horticulture Markets (GYEM). The project is being implemented since 2016 in two regions of the country, Oromia & South, in partnership with farmer cooperative unions and local administrations.


Leul Habte Abdi is working at SNV Ethiopia and shares his experiences as a Young Expert.

Evaluation YEP Programmes

Currently, YEP Programmes is being evaluated by Ecorys. We would appreciate your full cooperation, in order to continue YEP Programmes, hopefully with an extension to other sectors!

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (16th batch):

15 October 2018

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 5 November

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

Jeroen Trimpe Burger - YEP Water at Water Finance Facility in Kenya

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

Reinilde Eppinga

Where is she now? WASH Advisor at SNV Kenya

Young Expert at SNV - Kenya

YEP period 2013 - 2015, batch 1

YEP Role

WASH Advisor (YEP) working for SNV Kenya on the peri-urban sanitation project in Nakuru. This EU-funded project was a joint partnership of the Nakuru Water and Sanitation Services Company (NAWASSCO), Vitens Evides International (VEI), Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), Umande Trust and SNV that aimed to demonstrate and upscale an innovative sanitation value chain for the (peri) urban low income areas in Nakuru County, Kenya.
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Equipped with quantitative and qualitative research skills and trained in facilitating participatory workshops and training. Experienced in the development of knowledge development products, report and proposal writing and relationship building. Worked in Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: MA in Poverty and Development, trained in participatory methodologies, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom. BSc in Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies, Radboud University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Minor in Conflict Studies. Centre for International Conflict Analysis and Management (CICAM), Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.


Experience before YEP

Field research in Thailand and Sri Lanka and desk research for academic projects attached to universities in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Worked as the Communication and Relationship Manager for an international NGO in Tanzania before joining SNV as the Strategy Intern for East and Southern Africa and thereafter Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation consultant in Kenya.

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Monday, May 15, 2017
Nakuru's Briquette Innovation in the news
Activities in Nakuru have been covered by local and international news. See the first link for news coverage aired on Citizen TV and send series of links for an article published on several websites. more

Monday, May 15, 2017
Production processes selected and tenders published
Project partners have designed the production process for large scale production of round shaped carbonised briquettes. Two tenders have been advertised in local newspapers and other forums for more

Advertisement local newspaper (Nation)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Selection of products for up-scaling
During a presentation day, partners selected products for up-scaling. This was a result of a discussion around findings of the different research projects carried out: - The bio-fertiliser and more

Fireball briquettes