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
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Our Young Experts

Sinat Hin - YEP Agrofood at ICCO Cooperation in Cambodia

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Daniel Wiegant Crespo

Where is he now? PhD Researcher at Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands

Young Expert at Meta Meta - Ethiopia

YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 2

YEP Role

As programme officer I provided support to the branch office in the Central Rift Valley. Here, HoA-REC promotes integrated land and water management in close collaboration with government, private sector and members of the Regional Environment Network. The Central Rift Valley programme, which is funded by the Dutch Embassy, addresses the pressures causing deforestation, land degradation and water quality deterioration. It aimed to safeguard critical ecosystem services upon which rural livelihoods depend as well as conserve the unique biodiversity of the Rift Valley ecosystem.


Secondly, I was involved in promoting a transboundary watershed programme that will be implemented in the Horn of Africa through the Regional Environment Network members. Lastly, I assisted to organise the alumni network for those persons who have been enrolled in a water-related study in the Netherlands.

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As a human geographer, I am passionate about the coming together of different development initiatives and actors in a geographical space, and the challenges and opportunities that are created in the process. I am always eager to stress the importance of seeing developments from a system perspective. To find out how ecosystem services and biodiversity can thrive while sustainable livelihood opportunities are created is what drives me. In doing so, I consider myself pro-active, analytically strong and committed.



Nationality: Dutch / Spanish

  • Advanced Master in International Development at the Centre for International Development Issues Nijmegen, Radboud University
  • Research MSc. Sustainable Development – International Development (cum laude) at the Copernicus Institute, Utrecht University
  • BSc. Human Geography & Planning (honours) at the Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University

Experience before YEP

  • Programme Officer within the Social & Ecological Resilience Partnership Programme at the Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre & Network
  • Traineeship at the Department for Climate, Energy, Environment and Water (Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs) focusing on Environment and Climate Mainstreaming in water and food security programmes of the Dutch development cooperation
  • Cycling the Silk Road, an 18.000 km trip from the Netherlands to China
  • Research internship in Nepal on water-induced stress and hazards and the factors determining the resilience of Himalaya communities, in collaboration with Nepal Engineering College
  • Research internship in Bolivia on adaptive capacity of Andes communities and the effectiveness of climate change interventions in the Río Chico watershed in Chuquisaca, Bolivia, in collaboration with the Liga de Defensa del Medio Ambiente
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Monday, December 8, 2014
HoA-CCP Landscape Selection workshop
In the coming four years, HoA-REC&N will start up the ambitious Horn of Africa Climate Change Programme (HoA-CCP) for which the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs is providing a grant. The programme more

Environmental organisations from the Horn sitting together in Addis Ababa

Thursday, October 23, 2014
IDH Sustainable Land and Water Programme
The Ethiopian Central Rift Valley has been selected as one out of six landscapes worldwide that will be the focus areas of the Sustainable Land and Water Programme (SLWP) of the Netherlands-based more

Lake Langano, one of the three lakes in the Central Rift Valley landscape.

Thursday, August 7, 2014
Strategic planning with network members
This week, the HoA-REN National Focal Point Organisations from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan and Sudan were present at the HoA-REC&N headquarters in Addis Ababa to elaborate the more

The Ethiopian Focal Point explaining the future actions needed