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.


Join YEP! Information Events March 26 and March 30

Two events for new organisations: Presentation of YEP Programmes and guidance through YEP's project submission process.

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 20):

1 March 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 23 March

Preparatory training course

Training of the 20th batch starts on 15 June

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Emma Vos - YEP Water at Simavi in Tanzania

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

Dorina Prech

Young Expert at AgriProFocus - Kenya

YEP period 2018 - 2019, batch 14

YEP Role


AgriProFocus is a multi-stakeholder network organisation in the agri-food sector that is present in 12 countries in Africa and South East Asia, and headquartered in The Netherlands.  As a network with a mission to making agribusiness work for development, we strive to promote collaboration between private sector, government agencies, knowledge institutes, development partners and farmer organisations.


Our network building activities are the basis for our network approach. They are really focused on building our membership base (marketing of the network), creating a collaborative culture and trust between diverse stakeholders, organising sharing and exchange of information and lessons learned, leading to more efficient cooperation and synergy between (Dutch) members.


My task will therefore be to gather best practices for our general network building activities from the country networks; examining what strategies exist in different countries to market the AgriProFocus; what works and what doesn’t? I will distinguish between online and offline network building activities. I will then develop a plan on how to present these best practices and think of way of how to integrate these in the daily work of all network colleagues.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Communication
  • Group facilitation and training
  • Social media
  • Knowledge management
  • Advocacy
  • Video editing

Nationality: Kenyan
Education: MA degree in Social Transformation, Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Tangaza College; Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations, concentration in Diplomacy and Peace and Conflict Studies, United States International University - Africa


Experience before YEP

  • Marketing and Communications Facilitator, AgriProFocus
  • Media and Communications Officer, Drylands Learning and Capacity Building Initiative, Nairobi
  • Communications Assistant, Oxfam HECA regional office
  • Communications Intern, Regional Learning and Advocacy Program (REGLAP), a consortium project working on disaster risk reduction in the Horn of Africa 
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