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

Sabrina Doetjes

Where is she now? Project Officer International at the Netherlands Water Partnership, the Netherlands

Young Expert at SaafConsult B.V. - Palestinian territories

YEP period 2014 - 2015, batch 2

YEP Role

Consultant Water Supply and Sanitation and Water Management
Click here for more information about my project.



Team player; proven ability to effectively communicate and to network in different cultural environments. Meets deadlines and performs well under tight schedules. Excellent oral and written communication skills.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: International Relations and International Organizations – Specialization Water and Security Middle East


Experience before YEP

  • Project experience in surveying and data analysis, project organization, research, project monitoring and evaluation for projects related to water management, water policy, climate change, water supply and sanitation and transboundary water management, civil society involvement and institutional development in water and environment and IWRM
  • Administrative and information technology assistance
  • Technical assistance in preparing EOIs/proposals for UN, EU (incl. EU PRAG), ADB and other international organizations and familiar with their requirements and procedures
  • Fundraising and PR
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Sunday, August 17, 2014
Developments in the Levant Region
Since the security situation was starting to get worse and worse in the occupied Palestinian territories I've started to do more work in Jordan. There always have been tension in the occupied more


Wednesday, May 14, 2014
SEARCH Evaluation
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Marj Sanour

Monday, February 24, 2014
Cost Benefit Analysis Project
To elaborate a bit on our cost benefit analysis project we'll be doing the upcoming months I'd like to give a short update with more information about our project. The Arava Institute ( more