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.


MDF newsletter by Young Experts!

A number of the Young Experts, employed by MDF, have released another edition of the "What's Yeppening" newsletter of MDF!

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

Jelmer van der Weide - YEP Water at Vitens Evides International in Malawi

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

Eden Demissie Debela

Where is she now? Senior Staff Assistant at UN Economic Commission for Africa, Ethiopia

Young Expert at Resilience B.V. - Ethiopia

YEP period 2016 - 2017, batch 11

YEP Role

Project coordinator of Safe Drinking Water Ethiopia project, by:

  • Developing a household water filter business case for the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sectors;
  • Refining project plans funded by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency for safe drinking water in Ethiopia, executed by public-private partnership between Amhara Regional Bureau of Health, Resilience BV, iDE Ethiopia, and Shayashone PLC.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Project coordination and management
  • Market research and customer segmentation 
  • Operation Administration and coordination 
  • Knowledge of Substantive and international Law and Legal Procedure
  • Organization, and problem-solving
  • Intercultural communication skills and adaptiveness 
  • Marketing and Communications 


Nationality: Ethiopian
Education: LLB (Bachelor of Laws Degree) Bahirdar University


Experience before YEP

  • Operations Coordinator and Office Services Administrator at Mckinsey and Company Ethiopia,
  • Marketing and Communication Manager at British Council Ethiopia, and
  • Assistant Judge at the federal first instance labor court of Ethiopia.
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Thursday, June 8, 2017
Advocating safe drinking water in South Gondar
River Ribie, is one of the water sources for the community living in South Godar, Fogera woreda Kokit kebele. Majority of the community have pull pumps but contamination of water and lack of cleaning more

River Riebe, the drinking water source for the community in Kokit