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.


New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

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

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

Emma Feenstra - YEP Agrofood at Fair & Sustainable in Kenya

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

April van Delden

Young Expert at Impact Terra - Myanmar

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 12

YEP Role

Head of Impact.

Click here for more information about my project.



Experience taught me to understand the impact of cultural and language barriers, and to anticipate on them, as well as being considerate and empathetic, patient and tolerant. Furthermore, direct communications with a wide range of stakeholders, including farmers, companies, government and donors, required the ability to adapt quickly and to be diplomatic. I acquired the capability to read between the lines, to listen carefully, be critical, to ask follow-up questions and not to judge people or situations on their first appearances.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc International Development Studies at Utrecht University, Bs International Business at Maastricht University


Experience before YEP

  • Master thesis research on contract farming in the sugarcane sector in Mozambique, focus was on the perceived fairness of the contracts and the environmental impact of growing sugarcane.
  • Research in Madurai, Southern India on Primary Health Centers, for which I developed a rating system to identify what services and infrastructure were in need of improvement.
YEP Agrofood


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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Global Entrepreneurship Week Workshop
Impact Terra facilitates a workshop on the development of new digital solutions to enhance the agricultural value chain! We need more chairs :-) more

Impact Terra during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
YEP 12
YEP 12 goes (partly) vegan, catered by Leerhotel Het Klooster more