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

Afke van der Woude - YEP Water at NABC/GNBCC in Ghana

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