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

Emilinah Namaganda - YEP Agrofood at Shared Value Foundation in Uganda

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

Melanie Shudofsky

Young Expert at Waterschap Zuiderzeeland - Indonesia

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 15

YEP Role

As a Policy Advisor at the local government of Lampung Selatan I am focusing on strengthening the implementation of the Sanitasi Total Berbasis Masyarakat (STBM: Community-Led Total Sanitation) program of the Government of the District of Lampung Selatan on Sumatra. The goal of this program is to reach Total Access to Sanitation for all civilians of Lampung Selatan by the end of 2019. 

I focus on multi-stakeholder engagement through cooperating with other departments involved with the implementation of the STBM program, which are, amongst others: The Health Department (Kesehatan), Public Works Department (Pekerja Umum)and the Community Empowerment Department (Pemberdayaan Masyarakat Desa).

I also work closely with the interdepartmental body (POKJA AMPL) which is responsible for coordinating all sanitation efforts of the district government of Lampung Selatan.

In light with the above, my work involves advising on different policies (e.g. communication and organisational policies) to enforcing technical knowledge (e.g. desludging, water treatment plants) and law enforcement.

Click here for more information about my project.



Multi-stakeholder engagement & analysis, organisational development, coordination, intercultural communication and facilitation.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: BSc Nursing, MSc Global Health, Advanced Master in International Development (AMID)


Experience before YEP

I started my career as a cardiology specialised nurse and obtained a MSc in Global Health. I worked in The Netherlands, Ghana, India and Switzerland on Acute Care Units and participated in, amongst others, polio vaccination programmes and the development of WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) policies.
During the dual Master’s programme of AMID, I worked as a Portfolio Manager trainee for Amref Flying Doctors. I focused on several projects and multi-country programmes mainly related to WASH in Kenya, Uganda, Malawi and Ethiopia. I also focused on organisational development, developing and facilitating interdepartmental ‘Linking & Learning’ meetings and reflection sessions.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Introductory days
After obtaining my A2 language certificate for bahasa Indonesia, it was time to start my work as a Young Expert at the local government of Lampung Selatan, in Kalianda, Sumatra. The Dutch Water more

Thursday, October 18, 2018
Learning Bahasa Indonesia
Communication is more than just words… For sure! But to really reach the local people here in Indonesia and the people with whom I work with, it is very important that I'm able to have more

Friday, October 12, 2018
Final briefing
Before taking off on Monday October 15th, I had a final briefing yesterday Friday 12th at Waterschap Zuiderzeeland with my colleagues from the Dutch Water Authorities "team Indonesia". I am excited more

Final briefing at Waterschap Zuiderzeeland with my colleagues.