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

Joshua Isiko - YEP Agrofood at Single Spark in Uganda

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

April Raine Lavides

Young Expert at WaterWorX - Philippines

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch Tm1

YEP Role

One of Vitens Evides International’s projects in the Philippines is Performance Enhancement Water Utilities Philippines (PEWUP). The project aims to help the partner water utilities improve and enhance their performance through learning from the Dutch experts and from each other's best practices. The project also aims connect 10, 000 households with affordable and potable water.


In regards to the project, my role as the local Young Expert is to assist the Dutch short-term experts that will work with the PEWUP project and the project partners which are four water utilities. I assist the experts with the data they will be needing and at the same time learn from them. Not only the Short-Term Experts but also the project itself. I assist the Local Project Leader, Pro-Poor Coordinator and the Resident Project Manager.


As a Young Expert, I gave myself the role of working and learning. Not just from my current work experiences, but also from the different people that I worked and will be working with and apply the knowledge I gained to wherever I am working and will be working in the future. I am open to learning anything that relates not just to water but the environment as a whole. I am also challenging myself to learn about Environmental Sustainability and Preservation through my own efforts and in the future, integrate my Social Work skills with my knowledge about Environment sustainability. 

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Community Organising
  • Communication and networking skills
  • Intercultural communication skills and adaptiveness
  • Flexible, Teamplayer

Nationality: Filipino
Education: Graduated Bachelor of Science in Social Work


Experience before YEP

  • During my Social Work internship, I was able to managed cases of Children in Conflict with the Law, conducted Groupwork to a group of children with behavioral problems, and organized a community and facilitated them in identifying the common problems in their community and helped find solutions to those problems and implement the agreed solutions.
  • After I graduated, I worked as a Community Development Assistant in a government agency in the Philippines which is the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). I worked in a project called “Kamustahan Project” where we visited the beneficiaries of a program under DSWD and conducted interviews to know how they are doing and in what ways can the agency improve their program.
  • Before the YEP training, I got hired as a Young Expert for one of the VEI projects in the Philippines. I got to work with the different short-term experts from the Netherlands and at the same time learned from them. I was also doing the Inclusiveness Assessment to the partner projects, which are 4 Water Companies.
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