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.


Research by Dutch students on YEP projects: join now!

Students of the University of Utrecht are available to conduct research at YEP partner organisations. Contact us if you are interested in hosting a team of students!

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!

Bram and Su trainers on farmer entrepreneurship

Our soon-to-be Young Experts Bram Peters and Su Myat (both batch 15) already trained local partner on farmer entrepreneurship.

Seeding for a win-win - Leul Habte ABDI, SNV Ethiopia

SNV Ethiopia is currently implementing a three-year project called Gender and Youth Empowerment in Horticulture Markets (GYEM). The project is being implemented since 2016 in two regions of the country, Oromia & South, in partnership with farmer cooperative unions and local administrations.


Leul Habte Abdi is working at SNV Ethiopia and shares his experiences as a Young Expert.

Feasibility Study YEP Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

At this moment, a fesibility study is being carried out to investigate the added value of a YEP Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (YEP SRHR).

Evaluation YEP Programmes

Currently, YEP Programmes is being evaluated by Ecorys. We would appreciate your full cooperation, in order to continue YEP Programmes, hopefully with an extension to other sectors!

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (16th batch):

15 October 2018

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 5 November

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

Ndutiye Diane Munezero - YEP Water at Ecological Management Foundation (EMF) in Rwanda

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

Sulemana Wumbei Sayibu

Young Expert at LeAF - Ghana

YEP period 2017 - 2018, batch 13

YEP Role

Co- Manager, VIA Water support Project.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Water and Sanitation (WASH)
  • Waste Management
  • Environmental Management
  • Agriculture Technology

Nationality: Ghanaian
Education: Master of Philosophy degree in Biotechnology and Bachelor of Science degree in  Agriculture Technology


Experience before YEP

  • District Field Offficer, Armajaro cotton
  • Block Field Manager, Armajaro cotton
  • Teacher Ghana Education Service
  • National Service Personnel, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ghana
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Friday, May 11, 2018
Construction of wastewater treatment plant
the anaerobic baffle reactor under more

Anaerobic Baffle Reactor (ABR)

Friday, March 16, 2018
Construction of wastewater treatment plant
The construction of the wastewater plant for the Pilot Tamale settled sewer network is underway. This plant is will make use of wastewater from Community Health nurses Training school and the Salamba more

Anaerobic Baffle reactor (ABR) of the treatment plant

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
YEP 13 involved in the training sessions on 28th November, 2017 at fletcher hotel,Den Haag, more

Our group YEP 13 during the AKVORSR training