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

Boris Kouassi Kouassi - YEP Agrofood at MDF Training & Consultancy B.V. in Ivory Coast

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

Giel Hendriks

Where is he now? Technical Secretary International Cooperation at NCEA, the Netherlands

Young Expert at - Burkina Faso

YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 2

YEP Role

In the Young Expert Programme I worked as project officer for Akvo Foundation, giving trainings and workshops in the different tools and services that Akvo provides. Helping out the West-African Hub to expand and help partners to establish a well-monitored asset of their data and gathered data with the software was part of my task. Analyzing data from the partners and help to visualize this in GIS too.
Click here for more information about my project.



My strengths are: commitment, creativity, multi-lingual, team player and a drive to find solutions for challenging problems within the environmental, energy and water sector. As an urban planner I am very eager to find sustainable solutions for environmental and social problems within third world urban areas.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc in Environmental & Infrastructure Planning at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen


Experience before YEP

Before joining Akvo, I worked at Witteveen+Bos conducting research and fieldwork on a project focused on Sustainable Area Development within the horticulture-sector of Almere. The project included the search for innovative waste-management and energy-sharing and energy-exchanging methods. During my internship at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Cotonou I conducted research upon the Private Sector Development in Benin and the role of International Cooperation. Having obtained my master on Environmental & Infrastructure Planning, I like to combine my geographical background and my skills in water management to find sustainable solutions and reinforce the social and environmental capacity of third world cities. You can follow me on twitter @GAHendriks, I am currently based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

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Sunday, January 24, 2016
FLOW training for Hydroconseil/UNICEF in Kinshasa
From the 19th till the 23th of January I had the opportunity to give an Akvo FLOW training in Kinshasa. There were 46 very enthusiastic participants present. Everybody was very eager to learn how to more

All 46 participants of the training in Kinshasa

Monday, December 7, 2015
Formation Akvo RSR à Ouagadougou
Aujourd'hui une formation Akvo RSR a eu lieu à Ouagadougou avec les partenaires de Niger, Mali et Burkina Faso dans le programme DryDev. more

Les participants montrent leur engament

Monday, December 7, 2015
Formation Akvo RSR à Ouagadougou avec les partenaires ICRAF de Mali, Niger et BF
Aujourd'hui le 7 décembre 2015, la formation Akvo RSR a eu lieu. Il y avait tellement beaucoup des participants que sont venus de Niger et Mali et du Burkina Faso même. Les participants ont more

Photo de famille des participants de la formation Akvo RSR