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

Cephas Ngazimbi - YEP Water at We Consult in Zambia

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

Marijn Korndewal

Where is she now? Water Expert at UNEP, Kenya

Young Expert at Waterschap Zuiderzeeland - Ethiopia

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 12

YEP Role

Marijn is seconded by Waterschap Zuiderzeeland to the Awash River Basin Authority, Ethiopia. She is a policy advisor in the field of water governance. Part of her assignment is to support the development of the Basin High Council Secretariat, a secretariat to a high-level, political body concerning three Ethiopian river basin authorities.

Click here for more information about her project.



  • Qualitative research
  • Policy analysis
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Change management
  • Fields of expertise: water and international relations, water governance, urban development

Nationality: Dutch

  • BA in International Relations (University of Groningen)
  • MSc in Environment and Resource Management (VU University of Amsterdam)
  • MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management (University of Oxford)

Experience before YEP


Experience before YEP

2015 – 2017 Trainee Dutch National Water Traineeship

2015 – 2015 Policy advisor at Waterschap Zuiderzeeland Water Authority, the Netherlands

YEP Water


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Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Finally we met… Me and Koka! During the 18 months I have been working in Ethiopia, Koka was mentioned more or less every day. But as much as I had seen of the Awash Awash sub basin, I never met more

Lake Koka

Friday, November 30, 2018
The time of the year
Hurrah, it is the time of the year again: the YEP Batch 12 trainings have begun! The past two weeks I was in the Netherlands for my second-year YEP trainings. Dutch and local YEPpers from all over more

Preparing our business case presentations

Thursday, November 1, 2018
The Blue Deal: a new programme for the Awash River Basin
As the Water Governance Implementation Programme (WGIP) is coming to an end, the time is right for a new programme between the Dutch Water Authorities and the Awash Basin Authority. With support of more