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.


Preparatory training course

Training of the 20th batch starts on 15 June

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

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Leul Habte Abdi - YEP Agrofood at SNV in Ethiopia

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

Yaya Cisse

Young Expert at - Mali

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 12

YEP Role

As a Young Expert, I work with PCA-GIRE (Programme Conjoint d’Appui à la Gire) at the DNH (Direction Nationale de l’Hydraulique) and execute specific tasks related to groundwater and water quantity issues. Other tasks include: supporting the Water Resources Management department at the DNH, this includes working with the SIGMA (Système Informatique de Gestion des Ressources en Eau du Mali) team of the DNH, and in collaboration with the Akvo team that gives technical assistance to this team, as part of the national water point mapping programme to update and improve the SIGMA database. 

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Water management
  • Geophysical prospecting
  • Data processing
  • Hardworking

Nationality: Malian
Education: Master’s degree in Hydroressource and License’s degree in Geoscience from Joseph Fourier University (France), License’s degree (with honours) in Urban Hydraulic from Guelma University (Algeria)


Experience before YEP

Intern at DNH/ PCA-G

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Collecting data on the Niger river
During our mission in Dioila (Ségou region) to control water quantity and collect data to check the calibration curve of Dioila station in the Niger river basin in more

 jaugeage au moulinet

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
YEP Training - Excursion to the Maeslantkering
Visit to the big work of the delta works in more

overview of the storm surge barrier

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
YEP Training - Visit to urban farmers
The YEP more

Modibo during the visit to urban farmers