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.


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New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

We are proud to present the 6th edition of YEP Effect!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 21st batch starts on 21 September

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
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Robbert Neijenhuis - YEP Agrofood at SNV in Kenya

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

Bente Fonkert

Young Expert at VDS A’campo - Ghana

YEP period 2019 - 2021, batch 17

YEP Role

As business developer for Holland Holland Greentech in Ghana I will be opening the local offices and starting operations! This entails the registration of the company and opening the offices, but also developing the market for our products and services and building a network of both potential partners and farmers. 


Holland Greentech is an expert in horticulture, and by providing training and improved inputs (seeds, irrigation, soil analysis, greenhouses) we aim to bring the vegetable sector to the next level across Africa.


Please click here for more information about my project.



One of my strong suits is approaching challenges with an interdisciplinary approach. Taking a holistic and bottom up approach to development is key to create sustainable solutions in this sector, and therefore I look forward to working closely together with farmers to develop the most suitable solutions.



Nationality: Dutch

Education: BSc International Development, Leiden University Honours College (Liberal Arts and Sciences: Global Challenges. MA in African Studies, University of Copenhagen 


Experience before YEP

  • Project Assistant Agribusiness, Netherlands-African Business Council
  • Intern Research and Impact, WakaWaka B.V. and WakaWaka Rwanda Ltd.
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