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.


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Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.

YEP Effect 5: result of YEP Phase I

The fifth edition of YEP Effect has been released! In this magazine, we reflect on 16 batches of Young Experts in YEP Phase I, and the new Tailor-made programme. Download here!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 17th batch starts on 16 September
Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Reynaldo Secor, Jr. - YEP Water at Vitens Evides International in Philippines

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

Dung Le Ngoc

Young Expert at SNV - Vietnam

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 15

YEP Role

Junior Advisor on Women's Economic Empowerment and Value Chain, Women's Economic Empowerment through Agriculture Value Chain (WEAVE) project, SNV Vietnam. My tasks are:

  • Working with implementing partners, donors and other consortium members on project implementation
  • Coordinate project's activities
  • Provide technical inputs on value chain development approach and women's economic empowerment themes

Click here for more information about my project.



Project management; research



Nationality: Vietnamese
Education: MSc on Natural Resource Management, Cologne University of Applied Science, Germany


Experience before YEP

  • Center for International Forestry Research – researcher
  • Project “Business Registration Reform” (UNIDO and Vietnam Ministry of Planning and Investment) - Trainee
YEP Agrofood


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Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Selling the Value Chain Story
In an attempt to merge the critical thinking, attitude of learning and passion for sharing knowledge which is inherent to the Young Expert Programme, I ventured to the Netherlands touch on the issue more

Ignite Conference 2018, Amsterdam

Thursday, January 10, 2019
Design Thinking Comes to Liberia
As part of the European Union funded Liberia Agriculture Programme, SPARK aims to develop agricultural value chains through entrepreneurship. One key component to entrepreneurship is the development more

Monday, October 29, 2018
Entrepreneurship Sensitization
As part of the PARTNERS Programme - funded by the European Union - SPARK has been conducting Entrepreneurship Sensitization Modules. Over the course of the five year programme we are aiming to more