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

Britt de Lange - YEP Water at One to Watch B.V. in Myanmar

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

Femke Dekker

Young Expert at Satelligence - Ghana

YEP period 2019 - 2021, batch 16

YEP Role

West-Africa Liaison for Satelligence.


Click here for more information about my project.



  • Project development and coordination
  • Multi-stakeholder partnerships and network building
  • Sustainable supply chains
  • Business development
  • Curious and eager to learn
  • Self-starter and team player

Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc. Human Geography in Conflict Studies, Advanced Masters in International Development


Experience before YEP

  • Chief Operations Officer at Farmerline, in Accra, Ghana. Farmerline is a social enterprise in Ghana that builds technologies to connect rural agricultural communities to information, financial tools, resources and supply chains. 
  • Certification and Sustainability Manager at Cocoa Abrabopa Association in Kumasi, Ghana. CAA is a cocoa farmers based association UTZ/RA certified. 
  • Programme Officer Emergencies and Ebola Response at Business Unit Disaster Risk Reduction and Response & Healthcare at Cordaid, The Hague, the Netherlands
  • Field Officer Disaster Response/ Head of Sub-Office at Cordaid, Bozoum Central African Republic for 5 months.
  • Policy Officer as part of AMID Programme, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Stabilization and Humanitarian Aid Department (DSH) The Hague, the Netherlands.
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