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

Babette Bodlaender - YEP Agrofood at AgriProFocus in Myanmar

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

Tim Jan Huldman

Young Expert at Gieling Consultancy - Ghana

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 15

YEP Role

As a Project Manager working for GC I am involved in the implementation of The Special Treat project. TST is implemented by Green Energy Ghana ltd., a joint-venture of GC, MDF Global and MDF West Africa.  I work mainly from the office in Accra, Ghana where I supervise various activities, like; the construction of a the Waste to Energy plant and public sanitation blocks, waste supply and sales of the end products. I am also responsible for project progress monitoring and advice on the implementation of technical solutions in the designs. 

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Intercultural Communication Skills and Adaptiveness 
  • Multi-stakeholder Processes 
  • Project Management
  • WASH 
  • Waste Treatment Technology

Nationality: Dutch

  • MSc in International Land and Water Management from Wageningen University. Specializations:  Integrated Water Management and Sustainable Land Management
  • BSc in International Land and Water Management from Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Science. Specialization: River Delta Management and Area Development Planning

Experience before YEP

  • Consultant at Stichting Buffelen - Chiang Mai, Thailand: Consulted, with a hands-on approach, on the planning and construction of an irrigation system, a drinking water well and a fish farm. Conservation of indigenous flora and increasing locals' awareness and support for sustainable farming methods were important aspects in the projects. In the same period I supervised 6 bachelor students from various studies, namely: water management, human technology and architecture. 
  • Intern at TAUW – Amsterdam, Netherlands: Part of the Urban Water Management and Environmental Quality division. Conducted research on the functioning of wadis (sustainable urban drainage systems)and advised the municipality of Bergen concerning these measures. Developed a scoring model for the functioning of wadis and started the innovations for an inflatable tool to assess surface permeability.
  • Intern at Living Lands – Patensie, South Africa: Alluvial fan restoration in the Baviaanskloof. Part of the 'Water for Food and Ecosystem project', funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I Conducted research in order to provide advice for to the restoration of the water system in the Baviaanskloof, which is recognized as a unique World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Field visits, water quantity measurements and stimulating stakeholder participation were key tasks in this project. Eventually three alluvial fans were identified as 'suitable for restoration' and water retention measures were put into place in the following years.
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Thursday, November 22, 2018
UNDP Ghana stakeholder conference for waste recovery
Honered to be invited to the UNDP conference to talk about a Multi-Stakeholder Platform for Waste recovery in more

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Project visit by a delegation of the Embassy of the Netherlands
On Wednesday, the 17th of October, a delegation of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Ghana was acquainted with The Special Treat project. The Dutch Embassy delegation, led by the Deputy Head of more