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

Bernard Habimana - YEP Water at SNV in Rwanda

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

Babette Bodlaender

Young Expert at AgriProFocus - Myanmar

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 15

YEP Role

AgriProFocus is an international multi-stakeholder network with Dutch roots that promotes agri-entrepreneurship in low- and middle income countries, and contributes to promoting inclusive and sustainable growth in the agricultural sector with the aim of establishing food security for all. In my role as Country Coordinator I am responsible for:

  • Identify key themes/sectors for the APF network in Myanmar
  • Growing the AgriProFocus network and promote it among stakeholders
  • Establish strong working relationships with relevant stakeholders including the Netherlands embassy, Dutch stakeholders working in-country as well as national stakeholders from various stakeholder groups
  • Facilitate in co-creation with stakeholders in country learning through network events, expert meetings and online interaction for regular debate around key (policy) areas
  • Facilitate in co-creation with stakeholders identification of business and partnership opportunities for Dutch, international and Myanmar agri-business through business events and bilateral contacts 

Click here for more information about my project.



Project Management, Monitoring & Evaluation, Facilitation, Stakeholder Engagement and Network Building



Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, University of Utrecht, BSc. Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, with minor International Development Studies, University of Utrecht


Experience before YEP

  • Research Consultant at Kantar Public (Kantar TNS) Myanmar
  • Project Leader at Traineeship UWV, Amsterdam
  • Intern Political Affairs at the Embassy of Indonesia, Jakarta
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