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.


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!

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 19 August

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

Maartje Pronk - YEP Water at Max Foundation in Bangladesh

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

Sarah Nalumansi

Young Expert at Rain Foundation - Uganda

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 15

YEP Role

I am engaged as a water resources management Young Expert under the Sustainable use of natural resources and energy in the refugee context in Uganda project. I am taking part in stakeholder engagement and development of micro catchment management plans for three micro catchments in North Western Uganda. Also in restoration of wetlands in the Northwestern part of Uganda. 

Click here for more information about my project.



Geographic Information Systems, hydrological modeling, stakeholder engagement, water resources management, monitoring and evaluation of projects, scripts development using python software, proposal writing.



Nationality: Ugandan
Education: BSC. Forestry and Msc. Integrated watershed management


Experience before YEP

Worked with NARO under National Forestry Resources Research Instutite (NaFORRI), International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) and now with Aidenvironment/ Rain.

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