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.


MDF newsletter by Young Experts!

A number of the Young Experts, employed by MDF, have released another edition of the "What's Yeppening" newsletter of MDF!

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

Beryl Winnie - YEP Tailor-made at WaterWorX in Kenya

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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Thursday, December 7, 2017
Brainstorm with Akvo West Africa
Yesterday, I organised a brainstorm session with my colleagues in Mali and Burkina Faso to gather their thoughts on how to improve Akvo training sessions. It was great to see that 6 of my colleagues more

Brainstorm by Marcos C.

Monday, December 4, 2017
Final update
Over the course of the last 1.5 years, UNDP Pacific and Akvo have been working together to introduce the use of smartphone-based data collection, visualisation and analysis tools in the Pacific more

Practicing with the Akvo Flow app in Honiara, Solomon Islands, 2016

Thursday, November 9, 2017
Training improvement brainstorm with Akvo's East Africa Hub
Earlier this week, I conducted an online brainstorm session with Andrew, Charles and Annabelle, trainers in Akvo's Nairobi hub in Kenya. We discussed what goes well and what can be improved in more