The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water, EP 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.


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

Jasper van den Brink - YEP Agrofood at The Blue Link in Kenya

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

Floris van Zuilekom

Young Expert at MDF Training & Consultancy B.V. - Kenya

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 15

YEP Role

My role is to start MDF´s Special Treat project in Kenya. The special treat is a project to improve the collection and treatment of waste water in Machakos and Kisumu County. We plan to upgrade the current waste water facilities to produce value from waste water, such as briquettes, liquid fertilizer and compost. Furthermore, we want to improve the current waste water collection by investing in exhausters that transport the waste water from the households to the waste water facilities.

Click here for more information about my project.



Project and programme management, networking, writing winning proposals, facilitator and stakeholder management



Nationality: Dutch
Education: Master in Business Geography


Experience before YEP

I worked as a senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of Education Science and Culture. Specific areas of focus included: stakeholder management, policy integration, curriculum development and exams. Prior to that I worked for the UNESCO Liaison office to the European Union in Brussels. In this role, I acted as a liaison between UNESCO, the European Commission and the European Parliament, to raise awareness and funds for programmes in the areas of water management, sustainable land use, education and youth empowerment.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Village Water Committee Assessment
Assessment of the Nkoanekoli Water/Environment Committee's capacity to manage water in a sustainable manner in their village on the 6th of April 2017. The assessment involved a number of up to11 more

Nkoanekoli's Village Water/Environment Committee  - Usa River