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.


New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

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

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

Dorien Lugt - YEP Water at HKV Lijn in Water in Ghana

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

Mariette Brommelcamp

Young Expert at Simbuka - Tanzania

YEP period 2020 - 2021, batch 18

YEP Role

In my capacity as a Young Expert at Simbuka, I am responsible for all the information flows between the financial institutions in East Africa and the developers and managers in the Netherlands. This includes the following tasks:

  • Training financial institutions how to process agriculture loans: what are the specific characteristics of agriculture loans, how to mitigate risks via the supply chain, what is credit scoring and how will it improve the loan book, …
  • Highlighting the opportunities of financing small holder farmers to financial institutions
  • Creating a network with financial institutions and agriculture organisations and introducing the agriculture loan system to financial institutions in Tanzania
  • Introducing and explaining credit scoring and the impact it has on loan portfolios of financial institutions
  • Knowledge sharing with stakeholders active in financing agriculture and water. Learning from the practices in East-Africa and Tanzania and sharing in the Netherlands how the system can be fine-tuned and improved


  • Banking and microfinance
  • Business development
  • Multi stakeholder partnerships and networking
  • Problem solving in highly dynamic environments
  • Project management
  • Scorecards

Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc Business Economics with a specialization in Financial Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam; BSc Economics and Business Economics with a minor in Law, Utrecht University


Experience before YEP

Internship at FMO (the Dutch development bank) in the financial institutions department
  • Wrote 2 research studies identifying potential investment opportunities for FMO in the financial sectors of Pakistan and Afghanistan
Internship managing the microfinance program at Kale Uganda
  • Assessed microfinance applications
  • Improved the technical knowledge withing the programme
  • Designed training to improve the business knowledge of lenders
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