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

Jan Dirk Smidt - YEP Water at Witteveen + Bos in Uganda

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

May Thet Kyaw

Where is he now? Trainer and consultant at MDF, Myanmar

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

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 12

YEP Role

Trainer and Consultant at MDF Asia Myanmar. Young Expert at batch 12 in YEP Water.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Customized Designed Training

  • Organization and People Management

  • Project Management


Nationality: Myanmar

  • M.B.B.S. (University of Medicine Magway)
  • Diploma in Politics and Public policy (Myanmar Institute of Politics and Policy)
  • DeBoer fellow 2016 (DeBoer Foundation USA) for advanced citizen leadership

Experience before YEP

  • Clinical doctor for over 4 years
  • Technical Specialist (Training & M&E) at Burnet Institute
  • Senior technical officer for Training and Organizational Development at Pact Myanmar
  • Trainer and Consultant at ProAct Myanmar
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Thursday, August 1, 2019
Myanmar Water Portal's Young Expert Program’s Interview Series: May Thet Kyaw
Today is my first day of becoming a YEP alumna. This two years duration is my awesome journey of professional development and international network. Thank you for everything, my colleagues, my YEP more

Young Expert Program’s Interview Series: May Thet Kyaw

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Field Visit: Green House and Water Management of Netherlands
Yesterday, we visited Green House Technology at Urban Farmers The Hague and Water Management of Netherlands at Maeslantkering. This was really a nice field visit day and I got much of new more

Urban Farmers The Hague