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

Biniyam Mengesha Teklu - YEP Agrofood at ASA - Africa Sustainable Aquaculture B.V. in Ethiopia

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

Katrien van Krieken

Young Expert at Resilience B.V. - Mozambique

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 15

YEP Role

Resilience BV and its daughter company Resiliência Moçambique lda aim to improve Mozambique’s agricultural potential and strengthening food security in Mozambique. We aim to become the broker between the realities found in the field of smallholder irrigation and realistic sustainable working modalities for private and public efforts of investments in agricultural smallholder development. This is done by translating theory into practice around smallholder irrigation development through social-technical and hydrological research in Mozambique.

Katrien’s experiences in the field ‘with her feet in the mud’ among farmer led irrigation systems in the Ulugurus Mountains, Tanzania, and moving around on heels through the diplomatic world of Maputo during her time at the Embassy are perfectly combined in her role within Resilience BV. She will work with Agricultural Water Management with farmers in and around Chimoio, and will further strengthen the company and consolidating its position through networking and project support from Maputo.

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  • Interdisciplinary land and water management
  • Project management
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Intercultural Communication & Diplomacy
  • Committed, benevolent, creative and curious
  • Networking and acquisition
  • Analytical and critical thinking
  • Teamwork
  • Languages: Dutch, English, Portuguese

Nationality: Katrien is Dutch, but was born in Sweden, lived in Pakistan and Laos during her childhood years and since 2015 has set foot in Eastern-Africa and thus far has not left.


  • BSc. International Development Studies with a specialization in sociology, at Wageningen University
  • MSc. International Land and Water Management with a specialization in Irrigation and Water Management, at Wageningen University

Experience before YEP

  • Short term consultancy assignment for the World Bank in Maputo doing research towards the financial sustainability of the ARAs or (Autoridade Regionais de Aguas).. These are the water boards of Mozambique responsible for regional integrated water resource management. (January 2018 - August 2018)
  • Consultancy and internship at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Maputo, within the water cluster. Here she worked on the WASH, IWRM and Water Productivity projects (October 2016- December 2017).
  • Conducting fieldwork in rural Tanzania for my Master thesis with the title: “Secrets to success of traditional and formalised farmer managed irrigation systems in the Uluguru Mountains, Tanzania” (February 2016- October 2016)
  • Internship at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), research in the Uluguru Mountains leading to a working paper with a focus on investments on land in the form of irrigation in matrilineal land tenure. (October 2015- January 2016)
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