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

Roy Winkelhuijzen - YEP Agrofood at Cocoanect in Ghana

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

Sandra van Soelen

Where is she now? WASH advisor at Simavi in the Netherlands

Young Expert at SNV - Kenya

YEP period 2013 - 2015, batch 1

YEP Role

I finished my master Sustainable Development, after which I was looking forward to start working in the WASH sector. My ambition was to develop myself as a development professional with international experience and with a focus on water management. Click here for more information about my project.



Research skills, structured and systematic working, interdisciplinary thinking and analytical mind-set. I have good writing skills, recently I wrote a scientific article and a master thesis. I am a curious person who likes to learn new things, developing myself and help other people with the work I am doing.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: Master Sustainable Development at Utrecht University (September 2011-August 2013). Track: International Development and two research semesters, Bachelor Liberal Arts and Sciences Utrecht University (September 2008 – July 2011). Major in Environmental Sciences combined with Development Geography.


Experience before YEP

In the last years on the university, I had the opportunity to gain experience in the WASH and International Development sector in different ways.

  • Research internship by MetaMeta in Ethiopia (February – May 2013). I conducted a research on water-related conflicts around water systems in rural Ethiopia, focused on the management aspects and the relation between farmers and the local government
  • Research internship by SNV in Mwanza, Tanzania (February – May 2012). I conducted a research on community management of water points in Sengerema district for SNV Tanzania. I looked at the way the water points are managed now and how this can be improved
  • Peace of Mind Academy 2011, a program that works on international challenges of development and peace building. I worked with five other students on advising ADECOP, an NGO in DR Congo, on strategies and tools to fight for women's and girls' rights and basic services, such as water supplies, in DR Congo
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Friday, August 21, 2015
Business Case Assignment
During the second year in the YEP programme, we are working on developing a business case. During this journey, I have learned that developing a business case is not as easy as it sounds and a lot of more

The pre-paid handpump, one of the innovations piloted in Kenya

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Quarterly peer review meeting with the operators.
In May, it was time for the second quarterly review meeting with the 6 projects we are working with under the Public-Private community Partnerships. Representatives from the Water Users Association more

Result of a brainstorm session on how to be in business

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Young Experts from Kenya visited Wandiege
In April, 9 young experts who are working in Kenya for different organisations, came together in Kisumu to share experiences about live and work in Kenya. This was a good opportunity to go to more

Group picture during the visit