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.


MDF newsletter by Young Experts!

A number of the Young Experts, employed by MDF, have released another edition of the "What's Yeppening" newsletter of MDF!

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

Naba Nashit Tareque - YEP Agrofood at Truvalu Group in Bangladesh

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

Kidist Ketema Bekele

Young Expert at Waterschap Zuiderzeeland - Ethiopia

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 12

YEP Role


I am working for Awash Basin Authority (AwBA) under the Basin High council Secretariat office to work in the duties of the Basin High Council (BHC) secretariat and Water Governance Implementation Program (WGIP) to work on Partners for Water (PvW) project on optimising water use in Awash Awash.
Click here for more information about my project.



Practical, critical mind, decisive and insightful



Nationality: Ethiopian
Education: BSc in Water Resource and Environmental Engineering, MSc in Water Resource management 


Experience before YEP

Assistance lecturer in Bahir Dar institute of Technology, Ethiopia 

YEP Water


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