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.


Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.

YEP Effect 5: result of YEP Phase I

The fifth edition of YEP Effect has been released! In this magazine, we reflect on 16 batches of Young Experts in YEP Phase I, and the new Tailor-made programme. Download here!

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 19 August

Preparatory training course

Training of the 17th batch starts on 16 September
Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Rizka Akmalia - YEP Water at Deltares in Indonesia

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

Anne Jansen

Where is she now? Design lead at Medicine Sans Frontiers (MSF) Kenya

Young Expert at - Kenya

YEP period 2015 - 2017, batch 6

YEP Role

Akvo builds open source internet and mobile software which is used to make international development cooperation and aid activity more effective and transparent. As a Young Expert I helped facilitating local workshops, training sessions and meetings with Akvo’s diverse partners. Akvo’s East Africa Hub in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique focuses on helping governments and local partners to undertake national and regional WASH mapping programmes. With a background in human centered design I was also involved in the collection of user insights that was used for product optimization.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Human Centered Design
  • Design for the Base of the Pyramid
  • Analytical – Creative - Social
  • Creative facilitation & presentation
  • Team work
  • Helicopter view

Nationality: Dutch

  • MSc. Design for Interaction @ Delft University of Technology
  • Bachelor Industrial Design Engineering @ Delft University of Technology
  • Minor Industrial Design Engineering and Art Academy courses @ Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain
  • Summer project: Social Innovation project Help Manuel @ Universidad EAFIT, Colombia

Experience before YEP

  • Customer Experience Consultant @ User Intelligence (09/2014 – 10/2015)
    Responsibilities: Customer Experience consulting & interaction design,
 project management, research & analytics,
 sketching & concepting, sitemaps & user flows, 
information architecture, wireframing & prototyping.
  • Consultant User Centered Design, Domestic Sanitation @ SNV Mozambique (06/2014– 07/2014)
    Responsibilities: Train, coach and guide a local team in human centered design. Framing and documenting key insights on sanitation insights.
  • User Centered Designer, Reinvent The Toilet Challenge @ TU Delft for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (02/2013 – 07/2014)
    Responsibilties: Desk & field research for the development an of an off-grid sanitation systems for slums in India. Design, prototype and user testing to ensure a good user-technology interaction.
  • MSc. Thesis Intern, Biogas Socket project @ TNO and SNV Rwanda (03/2012 – 09/2012)
    TNO developed a technique that transfers the heat of a biogas flame into electricity. Responsibility: develop the technique from the lab into a first concept for a user-friendly product that farmers in emerging economies can use to charge their mobile phone and to light a lamp.
  • Intern, Locally Inspired Innovation Design project at ONergy (09/2011 – 01/2012)- ONergy sells renewable lighting solutions to the Indian BoP customer in off-grid West Bengal
    Responsibilities: company analysis in parallel with product, market and user research, resulting in an advice related to the introduction of new products.
  • Chairwoman and co-founder of Board Stukafest Delft (10/2009 - 07/2010)
    Responsibilities: managing the board, engaging with partners, acquisition, programming and logistics.
  • Volunteer Work via Youth For Understanding @ Ñeque y mas ñeque, Ecuador (08/2005 – 02/2006)
    Teaching to kids aged 5 -12.
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Global and regional comms in a tiny multi-national
Happy New Year! Wishing you all the best for 2017! Besides design research activities and partnership work, the coming year I'll also continue working on communication and marketing activities more

Best wishes for 2017!

Saturday, December 10, 2016
Ivory Coast II - RSR & Flow workshop at the African Development Bank
The two day workshop in Ivory Coast followed a similar approach as the training in July in Nairobi, now with representatives from francophone countries around the table. Photos of the workshop in more

Discussing the use of RSR, to bring the waterportfolio of the bank online

Saturday, December 10, 2016
Ivory Coast I - Conference: The Rural Water Supply Network
The Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) took place in Abidjan, from the 29th of November until the 2nd of December, 2016. The video gives an impression of the event. more