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

Hanna Habtemariam - YEP Agrofood at Alterra in Ethiopia

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

Alida Pelgrim-Adams

Where is she now? Office Manager at Practica Foundation the Netherlands

Young Expert at Practica Foundation - Madagascar

YEP period 2015 - 2016, batch 5

YEP Role

I worked as a project engineer at PRACTICA Foundation in Madagascar. My main focus was on drinking water in rural areas and the management and maintenance models behind it.
Click here for more information about my project.



  • Rural water supply
  • Small-scale water technology
  • Project management
  • Water supply management models

Nationality: Dutch
Education: BSc International Land and Water Management, Wageningen University and MSc Water Management / Drinking Water Engineering, Delft University of Technology


Experience before YEP

2012-2015: Drinking water engineer at PRACTICA Foundation working on several projects regarding sustainability of rural water supplies and online technology decision support tools.

2011-2012: MSc thesis on ‘Financial Sustainability of Rural Water Supplies in Western Kenya; Comparing management models and technology types’, partly executed in Kenya in collaboration with SNV Netherlands Development Organisation.

2010: Internship at RIVM (Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) about ‘The importance of emerging pathogens for the safety of the Dutch drinking water; proposal for a prioritization method’.

2009: BSc thesis about ‘Development of user participation in the Romanian irrigation management’, partly executed in Romania.

2009: Minor ‘Water quality and health’ at Wageningen University.

2008: Internship in Zambia about ‘Water quality in the rural areas of Zambia: the smallholders’ point-of-view’. In collaboration with International Development Enterprises (IDE).

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