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.


YEP Programmes on national Indonesian radio!

YEP Programmes was promoted on the national Indonesian radio by two of our Young Experts!

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!
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Kidist Ketema Bekele - YEP Water at Waterschap Zuiderzeeland in Ethiopia

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

Maartje Pronk

Young Expert at Max Foundation - Bangladesh

YEP period 2019 - 2020, batch 16

Maartje's profile will be updated shortly!
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Sunday, April 28, 2019
My side job as a tv actress
As one of my friends recently said: "Working in international development is a very versatile career." When we studied together 10 years ago, we'd never have thought that one day we'd end up starring more

Recording day

Saturday, March 2, 2019
A business to solve a problem
In these difficult fundraising times, how far do NGOs need to go to rais money for their causes? "Marry a rich man", one of my fellow YEPpers joked. Not sure if I'm prepared to go to such lengths, more