The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water, EP Agrofood, YEP Energy and YEP Tailor-made, 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 and renewable energy 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), the Food & Business Knowledge Platform and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.


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

Hiwot Tadesse - YEP Agrofood at Resilience B.V. in Ethiopia

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

Lisan Bijdevaate

Young Expert at AgriProFocus - Ethiopia

YEP period 2019 - 2020, batch 16

YEP Role

My role as a Young Expert/Talent Pool Trainee Food Security includes strengthening the quality of the portfolio through contributing to the harmonisation of results based reporting and ultimately to an enhanced transparency of policy implementation. The goals of the project (1) an increased transparency and accountability of the embassy (2) an increased compliance with IATI, which enables a better visibility of Dutch FNS projects (3) an increased level of awareness of the importance of adequate results based reporting with development partners of EKN.


Click here for more information about my project.



  • Monitoring and Evaluation 
  • Intercultural communication 
  • Project management 
  • Analytical mindset 

Nationality: Dutch
Education: Public Administration (BSc), Work & Organizational Psychology (MSc) & Environment & Resource Management (MSc)


Experience before YEP

  • Project support officer at YEP Programmes
  • Intern at the Netherlands Embassy in Manila, Philippines   
YEP Agrofood


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Thursday, July 11, 2019
The Netherlands supporting the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency
Last week the Netherlands and the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency signed a contract for four years on the support of the Agricultural Commercialization Clusters Initiative Program. The more

ATA signing ceremony at the Netherlands Embassy

Thursday, June 20, 2019
First Ethiopian Water & Energy Week (EWEW) in Addis Ababa
This week I participated in the first Ethiopian Water & Energy Week (EWEW) in Addis. The EWEW included plenary sessions, parallel seminars, diverse side events, exhibitions, and business and more

Six YEPpers at the Water & Energy week in Ethiopia

Tuesday, June 4, 2019
East Africa YEP Intervision Weekend
Last weekend I was part of the YEP East Africa Intervision weekend. This Intervision weekend had the highest turnout of Young Experts ever in YEP history! Close to 45 YEPpers based in Kenya, Ethiopia, more

Lake Naivascha YEP Intervision Weekend