The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water, EP Agrofood, YEP Energy and YEP Tailor-made, 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 and renewable energy 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), the Food & Business Knowledge Platform and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.


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!

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

Collins Otieno - YEP Water at Practica Foundation in Kenya

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

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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