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

Jairo Alejandro Angel Escobar - YEP Water at Waterschap De Dommel in Colombia

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

Bram Peters

Young Expert at ICCO Cooperation - Myanmar

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 15

YEP Role

As Programme Officer Inclusion & Innovation based in Yangon Myanmar, my role is within the ICCO Myanmar team is quite diverse, flexible, and combines process and content-related elements. I have three kinds of projects I contribute to. The three main programmes I play a role in are the ‘Pulses, People, Planet, Profit (P4)’; ‘Civic Engagement Alliance’ (CEA); and ‘Kerk in Actie (KiA) portfolio’. For P4 my role is to engage in monitoring and results management of a public-private collaboration to support development of Myanmar mungbean sector. This means guiding the learning agenda, gathering data, ensuring the programme moves toward impact and captures its effects. For CEA my role is to support coordination of local civil society partners implementing lobby and advocacy for smallholder empowerment and responsible agribusiness. This entails facilitation, communication and partnership building. For KiA, my role is to act as Programme Officer (contracting, monitoring, funding) a number of small-scale development projects implemented by local partners all over Myanmar. Finally, with the time I have left I am able to engage in action research and business development activities.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Project development and implementation
  • Action research
  • Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Training and facilitation
  • Organization of trainings, events and workshops
  • Stakeholder engagement and network building
  • Writing and communication 

Nationality: Dutch
Education: Advanced Master International Development at Radboud University Nijmegen; MSc Sociology of Development at Wageningen University and Research; BSc International Development Studies.


Experience before YEP

  • Junior advisor at the Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (WCDI) in Wageningen, related to Wageningen University and Research Centre
  • Research consultant 
YEP Agrofood


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