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

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

Wouter Huisman

Where is he now? Consultant at Brabant Water the Netherlands

Young Expert at Brabant Water - Benin

YEP period 2014 - 2015, batch 2

YEP Role

In the Young Expert Programme I worked at the cooperation between Brabant Water and SONEB. Brabant Water is the drinking water company that provides the province of Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands with drinking water. SONEB is the national drinking water company of Benin in West Africa. In my role as Young Expert I worked on project and asset management at SONEB and focused especially on the ORIO-project that aims to secure drinking water supply for the city of Parakou in 2025.
Click here for more information about my project.



My strong points could be characterized as creative, carry on mentality, team player and I feel at ease in a challenging environment. My education as civil engineer and my broad interest make that I combine the technical with the process aspects in a project, that I have the overview in a project and that I could bring together different stakeholders. In this current project I would like to use these skills to realize project progress in the ORIO-project and explore more of the whole urban water cycle.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc in Civil Engineering and Management at University of Twente


Experience before YEP

My experience is in project management and design of drinking water infrastructure projects. I have worked on different projects varying from relining transportation pipelines to replacement of the pipelines in urban areas. I enjoy managing projects, the many uncertainties that have to be dealt with and working with many stakeholders, such as our customers, municipalities and contractors.

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