The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water, YEP 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.


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New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

We are proud to present the 6th edition of YEP Effect!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 21st batch starts on 21 September

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 22):

11 October 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 28 October
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Innocent Ndagijimana - YEP Tailor-made at WaterWorX in Rwanda

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

Luwieke Bosma

Where is she now? Project officer at MetaMeta, Kenya

Young Expert at Meta Meta - Kenya

YEP period 2015 - 2017, batch 6

YEP Role

As a Young Expert I worked on the development of Roads for Water in Kenya for MetaMeta. The project aimed to introduce roads as resilience corridors by innovative designs and improved guidelines on harvesting water with roads. My activities included field visits to project areas, collection of data, support workshops/trainings and support the implementation process. Furthermore the promotion of the road water harvesting concept in Kenya and also internationally within the water, environment and road sector, are central targets.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Interdisciplinary water management
  • Project management
  • Teamwork
  • Committed, sense of responsibility, curious and hands-on

Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc International Land and Water Management, Wageningen University Netherlands, MSc Environmental and Infrastructure Planning, University of Groningen, Netherlands, BSc Environmental and Infrastructure Planning, University of Groningen, Netherlands


Experience before YEP

  • Education assistant for an excursion to Crete for a bachelor course on International Land and Water Management. Activities include writing and compiling reader material, organizing logistics and accommodation, and supervising students
  • Master internship at MetaMeta as research assistant, involved in the Roads for Water project on road water harvesting in sub-Saharan Africa. Activities included applied research, and communication and project management
  • Master thesis research in Kenya on the configurations of small scale individual irrigation technologies amongst horticulture farmers on the shores of Lake Victoria in the Uyoma area, Kenya
  • Consultancy training in Spain, study on the modernization process of an old irrigation system for orange production in the region of Valencia
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Friday, November 23, 2018
Write Shop
Hi all, here we are again, Just coming out of a write shop. A what? Yes a write shop. Instead of working in a workshop, we decided to write in a write shop. Experts in different fields relevant to more

Writing on the spatial planning chapter for the Sponge City guidelines

Monday, March 12, 2018
Celebrating International Women's Day in style
4 months ago we started the competition: who would have the best kitchen garden in town and win water harvesting tanks?! In those 4 months residents of KwaVonza started their own Kitchen Gardens. more

Mary is one of the winners of a water harvesting tank

Monday, November 27, 2017
Grow Vegetables and Win Water Harvesting Tanks!
In KwaVonza the competition is opened for the best Kitchen Gardeners in town. All residents of KwaVonza fight for the victory. The reward being of course glory and honour, and moreover the gold, more

KwaVonza residents using old sacks and tyres to grow crops