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.


Evaluation YEP Programmes

Currently, YEP Programmes is being evaluated by Ecorys. We would appreciate your full cooperation, in order to continue YEP Programmes, hopefully with an extension to other sectors!

“Never a boring day!” - Business development in Zambia

Our Young Expert Bram de Vries is a Young Expert, who is working as a Business Developer of VDS A'campo/Holland Greentech in Zambia. Bram has written a blog about his activities and his life as Young Expert!

Changes in YEP team members

As from April 1st, there will be some changes in the YEP-team.

Preparatory training course

Training of the 15th batch starts on 17 September 2018

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (16th batch):

15 October 2018

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 5 November
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Jelmer Boersma - YEP Water at Arcadis Nederland B.V. in India

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

Hilary Galiwango

Young Expert at Meta Meta - Uganda

YEP period 2017 - 2018, batch 12

YEP Role

I’m working as a project manager for MetaMeta in Uganda. I will be contributing to a variety of projects and activities on road water management, water pads and other projects under MetaMeta Programs. Key activities include creating partnerships with ministry and government agencies and other stake holders, technical assistance, capacity building, research, solution finding and testing, reporting and information distribution, communications and knowledge management. 

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Project planning and management
  • Use of GIS software
  • Research skills
  • Leadership and Intercultural communication 

Nationality: Ugandan
Education: BSc. Water Resources Engineering, Busitema University


Experience before YEP

  • Engineer with National Water and Sewerage Corporation
  • Internship with METAMETA Research, June to September 2016.
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017