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

Ileen Wilke - YEP Agrofood at NABC/GNBCC in Ghana

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

Mercy Muriithi Wangui

Young Expert at GDK Software - Kenya

YEP period 2019 - 2021, batch 16

YEP Role

Technical Support at eProd Solutions in Agrofood sector.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Industry Knowledge; Project management. Programming, Web development
  • Tools and Technology; Microsoft Office, SQL, MySQL, Java
  • Languages; English and Kiswahili language skills, both speaking and writing and  basic French
  • Interpersonal Skills; Team work, Leadership, Public speaking, Communication

Nationality: Kenyan
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Math and Computer Science


Experience before YEP

  • Technical Support at eProd Solutions
  • Information Systems Intern at UN Environment
  • IT Intern at Reale Hospital
  • Voluntary work at Badilisha Maisha Center
  • Dental Assistant/Data Manager at Kabuliot Dental Clinic
  • Assistant Manager/Data Manager at Mamis Restaurant
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Monday, March 4, 2019
The Start of my Journey as a YEPper
After my first YEP training from 4th to 22nd of February 2019, I got excited to start working again with eProd Solutions in Kenya. The training was very informative and interactive, in the Agro-food more