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.


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Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.

YEP Effect 5: result of YEP Phase I

The fifth edition of YEP Effect has been released! In this magazine, we reflect on 16 batches of Young Experts in YEP Phase I, and the new Tailor-made programme. Download here!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 17th batch starts on 16 September
Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Niels van den Bosch - YEP Agrofood at Wageningen University & Research in Nigeria

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

Lissy van Noort

Where is she now? HR Advisor at, the Netherlands

Young Expert at - Indonesia

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 7

YEP Role

As a Young Expert I worked for Akvo Foundation, where I assisted in the expansion of Akvo’s activities in the South East Asia region; Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar & Thailand. Akvo builds open source Internet and mobile software, which is used to make international development cooperation and aid activity more effective and transparent. My focus was on facilitating local training workshops about Akvo tools such as Akvo FLOW and Akvo Really Simple Reporting (RSR), seeking new partnerships focused on agrofood and water and supporting Akvo’s existing partnerships in the region.


Click here for more information about my project.



Over the last years I have been involved in different projects and programs related to international development aid. I found out that I’m comfortable with presenting and facilitating training sessions. I also like to organise events and coordinate projects and programs. My preference is to do this in an international and intercultural setting; I enjoy working in teams with people coming from different backgrounds and interests. I have affinity for IT and I’m passionate about youth, education, training, intercultural communication & human rights.



Nationality: Dutch


  • MSc Education, Socialization and Youth Policies (Utrecht University, the Netherlands)
  • BSc Pedagogical Sciences (Utrecht University, the Netherlands)
  • Major International Migration and Ethnic Relations and Anthropology (Malmö University, Sweden)

Experience before YEP

  • 2011-recent Project manager at Akvo Foundation. Portfolio management, organise events, develop training materials and content, facilitate training workshops about Akvo tools worldwide: West- and East Africa, South East Asia & Pacific & Europe.
  • 2011 Project officer at 1%Club. Responsible for incoming crowdfunding project proposals.
  • 2011 MSc research at SNV Uganda & Edukans. MSc thesis research about parental involvement in primary education in Eastern Uganda.
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