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.


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

Aboubacar Diallo - YEP Water at Wereld Waternet in Mali

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

Hiwot Tadesse

Young Expert at Resilience B.V. - Ethiopia

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 14

YEP Role

I am working as an Agricultural Value Chain facilitator at Resilience BV in Ethiopia with special focus on the support of the Ethiopia-Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) Programme. In addition, I assist Resilience BV with expanding its network in Ethiopia and with the acquisition of new projects and consultancy assignments.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Data Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Stakeholders Analysis

Nationality: Ethiopian

  • MSc. in Economics – Specialization on Development Policy Analysis, Mekelle University, Ethiopia.   
  • BA degree in Economics, Samara University, Ethiopia.  

Experience before YEP

  • November 2017 – December 30, 2017: Independent Consultant at Resilience BV, Ethiopia. Participated in a feasibility study for a "Dutch chapter study" for the Job’s Compact of Ethiopia looking for employment to refugees.  
  • May 2016 – August 2017: Agri Business Consultant & Business Development Coordinator at Shayashone Trading Plc: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I have been working on data analysis, report writing, training,  presentation,  monitoring and evaluation, and consultancy projects follow up.
  • February 2014 – August 2016: Lecturer at the department of Economics, School of Business and   Economics, Adama Science and Technology University/ Arsi University. My responsibilities were delivering courses in Economics & advising undergraduate students doing research papers.  
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Monday, August 13, 2018
Assessing Local Consultancy Firms in Addis Ababa
The Netherlands Embassy and ENTAG wanted to get a better overview and more extensive pool of Ethiopian consultancy firms that can source from when particular assignments require the involvement of more

Friday, August 31, 2018
Shared Value Internship Program more

Thursday, May 24, 2018
Hybrid Potato Seed Workshop
A half day workshop was organized Initiated by 2 researchers from Wageningen University and Utrecht University. The workshop was conducted in collaboration with the ENTAG (Ethiopia Netherlands more

Mapping potato Value Chain