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

Filoca Alecandre Fondo - YEP Water at Waterschap Hunze en Aa's in Mozambique

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

Titus Cohen Kasie

Where is he now? Mechanical Engineer at eThekwini Water and Sanitation South Africa

Young Expert at Vitens Evides International - South Africa

YEP period 2015 - 2016, batch 5

YEP Role

During YEP I was the assistant project manager for the Centre of Expertise, Vitens Evides International (VEI), in South Africa. In our support to the local water sectors and stakeholders, we were striving to provide new and innovative technologies to improve the water treatment processes of the country.

Initially the primary focus was to begin to assist the project champions to increase the overall work rate of the project while making the transition into the water industry and learning how the industry works. Once this was complete I began to plan the monitoring and evaluation of my own projects as sufficient knowledge of the project life cycle was gained. The tertiary step was to have the pilot projects ready for the WISA 2016 conference.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Project management
  • System dynamics
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Effective communication
  • Team work
  • Goal orientated

Nationality: South African
Education: BSc (Honors) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


Experience before YEP

  • My first 3 months of working experience was spent with Eskom, South Africa’s Main power supplier, doing System Dynamics modelling for renewable energy and key performance indicators within the company
  • During my Bachelor degree, as a final year project research into renewable energy and efficient energy management was required to successfully design and manufacture a Remote Controlled Solar Powered Vehicle
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Friday, May 22, 2015
Water resource and innovation conference
Titus and Leo attended the Umgeni water- resource and innovation conference to look for new ideas and networks for the centre of more

My manager- Leo

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Social media training
Today Yep5 began their online training, becoming competent with Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Flipboard and Pocket. I even posted my first tweet! more

Online training session 1