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

Bart Malaba - YEP Water at Larive International in Kenya

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

Samson Tembo

Young Expert at WaterWorX - Zambia

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch Tm1

YEP Role

As a Young Expert under the WaterworX project (January 2018 to date), my duties are:

  • Coming up with the action list and making follow- ups on theme leaders assigned assignments
  • Organising project monthly meeting
  • Coordinating Peer to Peer theme
  • Supporting all theme leaders in project procurements
  • Making programmes for Short Term Experts (STEs) visits
  • Assisting the project coordinator in overall project management

Click here for more information about my project.



Trained IT professional. I have worked in the water sector in different departments namely; IT, Public Relations, Billing and Customer care.



Nationality: Zambian
Education: Bsc (Hons) I.T


Experience before YEP

  • Clerk at Dunavant Cotton Zambia Limited
  • Billing Assistant/ customer care at Nkana Water& Sewerage Company
  • Public Relations Assistant at Nkana Water& Sewerage Company
  • Secondment as Local Project Coordinator on Copperbelt Water Operators Partnership (CWOP), EU funded project
  • IT officer at Nkana Water& Sewerage Company
  • Young Expert on the WaterWorX project 
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Tuesday, December 4, 2018
2019 WaterWorX project planning- Lusaka
The Waterworx Zambia project comprising of Nkana Water& Sewerage Company(NWSC) and Southern Water and Sewerage Company(SWC) has a planning session for the year 2019 in Lusaka from 4 to 5th December more

During the 2019 planning session in Lusaka, Zambia

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
2018 NWSC WaterWorX End of year party
The Waterworx Nkana Water & Sewerage Company(NWSC) project had their end of 2018 year party on 27 November 2018 to reflect on the project activities for the year 2018. Resident Project Manager Leo more

RPM Leo Meijer with NWSC directors,LPC and Young Experts