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

Veerle Haagh - YEP Water at Financial Access in Kenya

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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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