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

Takhona Lindelwa Dlamini - YEP Tailor-made,YEP Water at Waterschap Vechtstromen in Eswatini

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

Daphne van Dam

Young Expert at Cordaid - Iraq

YEP period 2020 - 2021, batch 19

YEP Role

As Programme Manager Private Sector Development at our Country Office in Iraq, I lead the acquisition of PSD projects with a focus on the Agricultural and IT/Digital Sectors. I design and deliver quality and innovative projects, in close collaboration with the target beneficiaries, private sector, public institutions and relevant donors. I will build and lead the PSD team and kickstart the acquired projects. 


All projects will focus on a sustained reduction in economic risk, an increase in profits and incomes, enhancement of food security, and job creation (with a focus on women and youth) and enhanced environmental sustainability (through e.g. climate smart agricultural practices). Cross-linkages between agribusiness and the IT/digital sector will be explored and tested in innovative pilots/projects/events.



  • Bridging different viewpoints and conceptualizing innovative solutions 
  • Design thinking and facilitation (incl. App development)
  • Strategic and visual communication
  • Multi-stakeholder networking
  • Intercultural communication 
  • Teambuilding and -leading
  • Project management
  • Event management
  • Change-making

Nationality: Dutch/Canadian

  • Wageningen University: MSc International Development (Communication, Policy & Technology) 2014 - 2016 
  • University of Guelph, Canada: Exchange Program: Business & Politics 2012, August - December 
  • Wageningen University: BSc International Development (Communication, Policy & Technology) 2010 - 2013 

Experience before YEP

  • 2019 – Present: Duafe Beads by Daph (founder)
  • 2018 – Present: African Union & European Union Youth Cooperation Hub: Youth Expert Cuture, Arts & Sports (Cultural Entrepreneurship) 
  • 2016 – 2019: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, DARE-innovation team: Consultant Innovation and Organisational Change
  • 2015: Netherlands Embassy to South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho en Swaziland: Consultant Communication & Media
  • 2015: Netherlands Embassy to Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Togo and Ivory Coast: Project Officer Political and Humanitarian Affairs
  • 2014: United Nations, Division for Sustainable Development, International Environmental Policy Consultancy Project (European Workshop): Moderator/Team Leader of the Wageningen University Team
  • 2012 – 2015: Football Beyond Frontiers: Co-Founder and Manager Operations
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