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

Alex Isaac Kazeta - YEP Tailor-made at WaterWorX in Tanzania

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

Isabel van Klink

Where is she now? Project Coordinator Waternet, the Netherlands

Young Expert at Wereld Waternet - Mali

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 13

YEP Role

Project coordinator Mali – Working at SOMAGEP-SA drinking water company.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Project coordinator
  • Water and agricultural researcher
  • Future scenarios for water


Nationality: Dutch
Education: BSc International Land and Water management, Wageningen University, MSc Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Pondicherry University 


Experience before YEP

  • Project leader WATER – PondyPHOTO 2016 (India)
  • Researcher on future of water and agriculture in semi-urban areas – French Institute of Pondicherry (India)
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Friday, September 28, 2018
Visit from Dutch ministry of foreign affairs at SOMAGEP
On Friday 21st of September a delegation of the Dutch ministry of foreign affairs visited SOMAGEP-SA to learn more about the Water Operators Partnership (WOP) between SOMAGEP and Waternet. It was a more

Visiting the filtering system just before the rain poured down

Monday, June 11, 2018
Time flies when you enjoy your work!
My last update was quite a while ago, you can read my [blog]( at the Wereld Waternet website to have some more updates, also our GeoWaQu RSR more

During the Aquarating training @ Waternet

Thursday, April 12, 2018
Mission technical expert Waternet @SOMAGEP
Last week the long-awaited Waternet mission took place with Jos Hooft as the technical expert for GeoWaQu, Bas ten Haaf, project leader SOMAGEP and Jan Koedood, advisor from Waternet. It was a very more

Jos Hooft, Adama, Aboubacar and Dembele discussing non-conformity procedure