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.


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

Laurens Poelhekke - YEP Agrofood at CDR International in Vietnam

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

Isabel van Klink

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