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.


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New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

We are proud to present the 6th edition of YEP Effect!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 21st batch starts on 21 September

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 22):

11 October 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 28 October
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Maartje Pronk - YEP Water at Max Foundation in Bangladesh

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

Marleen Brouwer

Where is she now? Business Developer South East Asia at ICCO, Indonesia

Young Expert at ICCO Cooperation - Myanmar

YEP period 2015 - 2017, batch 6

YEP Role

Project officer Inclusive Climate Smart Agriculture Market Systems.
Click here for more information about my project.



Project management, action research, training, facilitation, M&E, building networks, communications, event management



Nationality: Dutch
Education: BSc Political science (Radboud University Nijmegen and Institut d’Études Politiques Aix-en-Provence, France), MSc Conflict Resolution & Governance (University of Amsterdam), Advanced Master International Development (Radboud University Nijmegen)


Experience before YEP

  • Junior advisor at the Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) in Wageningen, related to Wageningen University and Research Centre
  • Policy officer (Rijkstrainee) at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science in The Hague
  • Policy officer (internship) Human Rights and Emancipation at the department for Good Governance, Emancipation, Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague
  • Policy officer (internship) Communication/PR and HIV/Aids education at the Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) in Hanoi (Viet Nam) 
  • Research assistant (internship) on Migration and Fundraising at the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) in Brussels
  • Research assistant (internship) on Value Chains and Agribusiness at the International Center for Soil Fertility and Agricultural Development (IFDC) in Dioïla, Koutiala and Bamako (Mali)
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Wednesday, March 7, 2018
What is a forest? What is a farm?
Dear all, This week the final assessment workshop of MOSAIC is taking place in Myeik, in Tanintharyi Region. MOSAIC is one of the consortia that are part of the Conflict and Cooperation in the more

Map with MSPP concession

Friday, January 5, 2018
Dear all, In case you did not notice yet: 2017 is over! All gone. My second and final YEP year is also over. It has been quite a roller coaster! Sometimes down, often up, sometimes scary, often more

Ocean, Stars, Sky, and You [by muddymelly]

Monday, October 16, 2017
Myanmar youth in agriculture
Dear all, Last week the first part of the tailor-made training on ‘Partnerships for Youth and Gender Sensitive Food Security, and Food Safety’ took place in Bogolay and Ngwe Saung (Ayerwaddy more

RDA team