The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water & YEP Agrofood, 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 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) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.


MDF newsletter by Young Experts!

A number of the Young Experts, employed by MDF, have released another edition of the "What's Yeppening" newsletter of MDF!

YEP Effect 4 has been released!

During the YEP kick off of batch 15,  another new edition of YEP Effect has been officially launched: the fourth edition is now available!

YEP alumnus Jacques on TV!

Jacques Tuyishime, alumnus of YEP Programmes, is now Managing Director at Holland GreenTech in Rwanda. He has developed several skills during his time in YEP,  especially during the Personal Development Training!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 16th batch starts on 4 February 2019
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Bezawit Adane Demisse - YEP Tailor-made at WaterWorX in Ethiopia

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

Marie Sandrine Dusabe

Where is she now? Looking for a job after ending integration process, Belgium

Young Expert at Alterra - Burundi

YEP period 2015 - 2017, batch 6

YEP Role

My role as a junior researcher at Alterra was to develop low and sustainable techniques and practices in climate smart land and water management in agriculture. I contributed in applying my results in Alterra projects in Burundi according to the socio-economic context of Burundian farmers and in strengthening the cooperation between projects in agriculture field in Burundi.

Click here for more information about my project.



I have skills in water management, irrigation, environment, water supply, soil pollution, waste water treatment. I have also skills in relationship, communication and I am flexible in learning new skills.



Nationality: Burundian
Education: Bachelor in water and environment engineering at International Institute for water and environment engineering (2IE), Master in water and sanitation at 2IE


Experience before YEP

  • November 2014- February 2015: Engineer in water and sanitation at WSA (Water and Sanitation for Africa) in Burundi
  • February 2014- May 2014: Internship in waste solid management at CTB/ BURUNDI
  • May 2013- July 2013: Internship on agricultural water management and climate change at the International Institute for water and environment engineering (2IE)
  • July 2012-August 2012: Internship on strategic planning of rural sanitation in BURUNDI at GIZ/BURUNDI
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Thursday, March 9, 2017
Field visits and exchange with farmers on climate smart practices
we regularly organise visits to our beneficiaries in order to get their feedback on how different CSA practices are helping them to face climate more

Using small pits for vegetables to face water stress, Burundi

Friday, November 4, 2016
Trend presentation YEP#6
On October 21th 2016, we presented our trends. It was very interesting! more

Yeppers from batch 6

Friday, July 22, 2016
Training on "CSA"
Small farmers benefiting from our project have been trained on climate change issues and how they can adapt through "CSA". 20 farmers in total have been trained in each province (MUYINGA and KARUSI). more

Sandrine (Trainer) and farmers who have been trained on CSA