The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water, YEP 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.


Preparatory training course

Training of the 20th batch starts on 15 June

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 22):

11 October 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 28 October

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Filoca Alecandre Fondo - YEP Water at Waterschap Hunze en Aa's in Mozambique

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

Erna Goudt

Young Expert at GDK Software - Kenya

YEP period 2019 - 2021, batch 16

YEP Role

eProd Solutions offers a management system (ERP) for farmer cooperatives, food processors and agricultural commodities in the agricultural sector. The beauty of eProd is that it’s able to work completely offline, making it a useful tool for even the most remote areas where there is no internet connection. 


At eProd Solutions I am responsible for leading the development, testing and implementation of eProd Solutions’ market expansion models. 

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Business Development 
  • Strategic thinking 
  • Problem solving
  • Data analysis
  • Web development 

Nationality: Dutch
Education: Bsc. Human Geography (University of Amsterdam), Msc. International Relations (University of Amsterdam)


Experience before YEP

Before starting with eProd, I worked as a Business Developer for Lendahand Mesofinance. Lendahand is an online impact investing platform where individuals can provide loans toentrepreneurs in emerging economies. At Lendahand I was responsible for expanding thefocus beyond job creation and solar into the agricultural impact space.

YEP Agrofood


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