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.


Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 19):

15 October 2019

Preparatory training course

Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November

Training of the 19th batch starts on 20 January 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 4 November

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.
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Londiwe Dlamini

Young Expert at World Water Academy - South Africa

YEP period 2019 - 2021, batch 17

YEP Role

I am the assistant project coordinator for World Water Academy for the OKP-Project titled Bridging the water: co-create to learn & experience. The project aims to sustainably bridge the gaps between theory and practice in the South African water sector through embedding an action-learning and co-creating approach to lead to better water management, improved water services and livelihood improvement in South African municipalities. I am based at the Institute of Water and Wastewater Technology at the Durban University of Technology. As an assistant project coordinator, I work closely with various stakeholders of the project to ensure that project objectives are met within set timeframes. 



  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Project coordination
  • Effective communication 
  • Integrated Water Resource Management


Nationality: South African 

Education: MSc Hydrology (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)


Experience before YEP

Two year’s experience at eThekwini Municipality working in the Climate Protection Department and eThekwini Water and Sanitation. Projects involved in: Palmiet River Rehabilitation Project and; Water Use Licensing Applications for Wastewater Treatment Works in the Durban metropolitan area. 

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