The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water & YEP Agrofood, 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 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) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.


YEP Effect 4 has been released!

During the YEP kick off of batch 15,  another new edition of YEP Effect has been officially launched: the fourth edition is now available!

YEP alumnus Jacques on TV!

Jacques Tuyishime, alumnus of YEP Programmes, is now Managing Director at Holland GreenTech in Rwanda. He has developed several skills during his time in YEP,  especially during the Personal Development Training!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 16th batch starts on 4 February 2019
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Winnie Rakwach - YEP Tailor-made at WaterWorX in Kenya

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

Mark van der Boon

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

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 12

YEP Role

Mark is working as a trainer and consultant for MDF in Bangladesh. Based in Dhaka, he will be contributing to projects and activities related on Agri-food, humanitarian aid, and business development. MDF Bangladesh was established in 2015 and seeks expend her activities. MDF Bangladesh aims to further expand its activities in the private sector, especially in the sectors of post-secondary education, water and the readymade garment (RMG) industry. MDF’s activities include trainings & consultancies, evaluations and partnership building.

Click here for more information about his project.



  • Intercultural communication
  • Project planning and coordination

Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc International Development Studies, Major in Sociology of Development from Wageningen University,  BSc in International Land and water Management from Wageningen University. 


Experience before YEP

Consultant on Food security in Zimbabwe for NGO ‘Turning Matabeleland Green’ 

YEP Agrofood


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Monday, September 24, 2018
In country Monitoring and Evaluation course
Form 23- 25 September 2018, Mark van der Boon was co-trainer in the training ‘Monitoring And Evaluation’ of MDF Bangladesh ‘in country course’. The training covered topics such as: Theory more

Friday, August 10, 2018
Learning review (midterm evaluation) for RNLI
MDF Bangladesh was asked to conduct a learning review of RNLI’s (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) BHASA project, that aims to reduce the number of drownings in Barishal district, particularly more

Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Training on project management
As a YEPPER at MDF, I got the opportunity to follow a Project Management course, provided by MDF in Yangon Myanmar. It was an exciting, insightful and very useful training in which I have acquired more