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
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Our Young Experts

Hadi Toure - YEP Water at Wereld Waternet in Mali

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

Etienne Nacoulma

Where is he now? Coordinator for five Water Boards at World Waternet Burkina Faso

Young Expert at Wereld Waternet - Burkina Faso

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 12

YEP Role


 In my role as Young Water Expert I am working as a coordinator and technical assistant for World Waternet at the Gourma water board in Burkina Faso. The water board is working on the integration of water resource management in eastern Burkina Faso. It is my task to coordinate the acquisition, processing and interpretation of data, and to facilitate trainings on hydrogeology and geophysics. I will improve cooperation between Dutch and Burkina Faso water organizations. A part of my activities is to share knowledge about geology, hydrology, remote sensing and geophysics and to support/supervise Dutch students with their internship activities in Burkina Faso and to share my experiences.


I am also supporting employees of the Dutch Water Authorities with tasks for the project Faso Koom, which focuses on water governance, the establishment of local water committees, the development of water management plans, the set-up of water monitoring programs and the introduction of water taxes.

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I am open-minded person, with a big sense of loyalty and responsibility. As a hard worker, I really like to be challenged in my work by complex questions and to think on an analytical and strategic level. That permit me to develop some technics skills like:

  • Integrate Water management
  • Hydrogeological data acquisition, processing and analyzing
  • Geological data acquisition, processing and analyzing
  • Geophysical data acquisition, processing and analyzing
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Geographic Information Systems processing
  • Remote sensing data acquisition, processing and analyzing
  • Trainer and team player

Nationality: Burkinabe

  • MSc in Geoscience Engineering from Application of Geoscience High Institute( Institut Superieur d’Application des Geosciences : ISAG in French) at Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou (20015-2017)
  • BSc in Geosciences from Geology department of Pr Zoseph Ki-Zerbo Ouaga1 University at Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou (2009-2013)

Experience before YEP

  • From Jun to September 2017: Entreprise Saint Remy (ESR) |Ouagadougou | Intern                                
    Hydro geologist (geophysical survey and drilling Engineer)
  • From September to November 2017: LIMAFRICA Sarl |Ouagadougou | Intern 
    Geophysical data process and interpretation for mineral and groundwater resources exploration and exploitation
  • From October 2015 to Jun 2017: ISAG |Ouagadougou | Intern                                                           
    Geographic information system and remote sensing specialization
  • From October 2013 to May 2015: Secondary school (la Boussole; la référence; Aime Césaire; Saint Anne et Joachim) |Ouagadougou | Teaching                                                                                               
    Mathematics ant natural sciences teacher ; Pedagogics supervisor and coaching from first to terminal Class at the secondary schools
  • From October 2009 to October 2010: Secondary school | Ouagadougou | Supervisor
    Coaching and supervising Schools boys at Kombissiri municipality’s Secondary school
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Monday, July 2, 2018
Focus group animation
During the months of June, July and August 2018, Ewoud and I joined the Mohoun Water Agency (AEM) located in the western region of Burkina Faso and on a highly sedimentary zone with a sustainable more

Concertation for sustainable water management

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
workshop on hydrologic modelling
The main objective of the workshop was to familiarize water engineers and managers of the regional water agencies and the directorates of the Ministry of Water and Sanitation with hydrological more

group photo of participants

Wednesday, October 11, 2017