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.


Research by Dutch students on YEP projects: join now!

Students of the University of Utrecht are available to conduct research at YEP partner organisations. Contact us if you are interested in hosting a team of students!

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.

Feasibility Study YEP Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

At this moment, a fesibility study is being carried out to investigate the added value of a YEP Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (YEP SRHR).

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

Tesse Bijleveld - YEP Water at We Consult in Mozambique

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

Nene Barry

Young Expert at Witteveen + Bos - Ghana

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 11

YEP Role

Business Development Manager West-Africa/ Project Manager and Project Engineer Water and Agro

Click here for more information about my project



With a focus on project and process management, my strength lies within the development and planning phase of projects: business development, project definitions, specification of the customer's demands, economic, social and institutional feasibility studies, master plan development, project development plans, project implementation plans, stakeholder analysis/ management and involvement, collaborative design and engineering within different sectors (Drinking Water, Waste Water, Sanitation, Solid Waste, Infrastructure, Urban and Rural Development). 



Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc. Construction Management and Engineering (TU/e)


Experience before YEP

  • Project Engineer/ Project Manager at Witteveen+Bos within different departments (Water, Coast River and Land-reclamation, International Project Management)
  • Policy Officer Water and International Business Development at NLingenieurs
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Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Fieldvisit- Safisana Ghana
Interesting how Waste, water, fertilizers and renewable energy all come more

@Safisana Tema, Ghana

Monday, April 23, 2018
Manager Witteveen+Bos Ghana Branch
Its time for more responsibility! Taking over the management of Witteveen+Bos Ghana Branch more

Usual MondayMorningMeetings

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Fieldtrip - assessment of farmers needs - Ghana
Assessment of the needs of urban small hold farmers and larger farmers associations. The first, lacking waterbodies and using tap water copes with high water bills (they use to pay a fixed amount but more

discussion with urban farmer Hamidou