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


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New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

We are proud to present the 6th edition of YEP Effect!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 21st batch starts on 21 September

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 22):

11 October 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 28 October
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Cephas Ngazimbi - YEP Water at We Consult in Zambia

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

Abel Desta Belai

Where is he now? Assistant Project Manager/Coordinator at Tradin Organic Agriculture B.V., Ethiopia

Young Expert at Tradin Organic Agriculture B.V. - Ethiopia

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 15

YEP Role

Assistant Project Manager/Coordinator. My job is a mix of specific tasks, coordinating roles (especially in relation to the public private partnership with GIZ) and a "manusje-van-alles" role. I perform a wide range of tasks, from the relatively simple to the more complicated.


About my project: The general objective of this project is to increase local value addition of the organic avocado sector in Ethiopia. This will be done by establishing an avocado oil factory in Ethiopia, thus creating an additional outlet for the farmer next to the fresh market. Avocado oil is an edible oil used in the food industry for e.g. salads or cooking but also very good for skin and hair (cosmetics). 

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Coordinating, working with a team, thinking ahead, diverse



Nationality: Dutch
Education: Bachelor’s in business administration, University of the Hague


Experience before YEP

Worked for the Ethiopian-Netherlands Business Association (ENLBA). The association represents the Dutch companies that are active in Ethiopia. I was responsible for the day to day activities but also organizing events and representing the association.

YEP Agrofood


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