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.


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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!

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

Melanie Shudofsky - YEP Water at Waterschap Zuiderzeeland in Indonesia

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

James Kisekka

Where is he now? Partner at Aidenvironment and independent consultant in Uganda

Young Expert at Rain Foundation - Uganda

YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 2

YEP Role

My position during YEP was a “project officer”. I was responsible for research and project development with a specific emphasis on the ecological and environmental component of rainwater harvesting; project coordination, monitoring and evaluation; fundraising and acquisition. Click here for more information about my project.



I am a dynamic person keen to use my competencies, skills, creativity and experience to perform tasks that can contribute to livelihood improvement through sustainable management of natural resources. My skill-set stretches from general natural resource management planning, to research and data management, professional writing, policy analysis, and environmental education and awareness.



Nationality: Ugandan
Education: I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry and I am currently finalizing my Master in Forestry


Experience before YEP

Between mid 2010 and early 2014, I provided freelance consultancy services and also worked on research projects in natural resource management, forestry, biodiversity, agriculture, ecology, renewable energy, community-natural resource interactions, REDD+ and PES.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Rain4sale Rwanda voted “most innovative project”
From November 20th – 24th, leaders of 26 VIA Water funded projects gathered in Accra, Ghana, to share skills and learn from each other and from facilitators. The seminar touched upon different more

James Kisekka (C) received award from Titia Wouters (L) & Dick Bouman (R)

Friday, November 14, 2014
Water situation in the drylands of Uganda
Not the “One hundred wetlands in Northern Uganda” this time! RAIN is currently undertaking an activity to document impact stories in (rain)water harvesting in Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia. more

Sunday, November 2, 2014
Short video about what I do
This really short video gives an idea of my work. No much details in the video, so you can get the motivation to more