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

Deborah Muriuki - YEP Agrofood at Rebel Group in Kenya

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

Mart Scheepers

Where is he now? Trainer/Consultant at MDF, Myanmar

Young Expert at MDF Training & Consultancy B.V. - Myanmar

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 12

YEP Role

Consultant & trainer

Click here for more information about my project.



Multi-stakeholder processes, stakeholder management, negotiation



Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc Conflict Resolution & Governance


Experience before YEP

The last two years before working at MDF I worked as a freelance consultant. Before that I worked as a consultant for WesselinkVanZijst, a Dutch consultancy specialized in multi-stakeholder processes and negotiation. I have also worked a year in international mediation at the Dialogue Advisory Group.

YEP Water


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Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Better off together
After working in Myanmar for 6 months I've noticed the importance of strategic partnerships and strategically managing stakeholders: more

Working together

Thursday, December 21, 2017
Training Intercultural Communication
MDF Asia Myanmar was present at the World Food Programme Myanmar staff retreat. We had an amazing day training WFP employees in intercultural communication in a changing more

WFP team

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
YEP Training
The last few weeks I had the chance to participate in a three week YEP training. We had a great visit to Urban Farmers in The Hague A great initiative where there is a fish and vegetable farm on top more

Visiting Urban Farmers