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

Mercy Muriithi Wangui - YEP Agrofood at GDK Software in Kenya

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

Suzan van der Wilt

Where is she now? Portfolio Manager at Max Foundation the Netherlands

Young Expert at Max Foundation - Bangladesh

YEP period 2015 - 2017, batch 5

YEP Role

Product and Business Development Manager based at the Max Foundation in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
My aim was to support new program development (innovative and business driven opportunities) and link with possible partner organizations and donors which enables Max Foundation to optimize and expand their impact on the reduction of child mortality through WASH (Water & Sanitation and Hygiene education) and Health (safe motherhood, nutrition) programs.
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I am a result oriented young professional who is pro-active, eager to learn and enthusiastic. A good process manager with analytical skills and strong in intercultural communication.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc International Development Studies (University of Amsterdam – ISHSS), BSc Cultural Anthropology and Sociology of non-Western Societies (Utrecht University)


Experience before YEP

2010-2015 Program officer at the Dutch WASH Alliance – I was responsible for supplying guidance to 8 country alliances and stimulating synergy and learning within the alliance. As part of my work I took up the role of coach within a long term learning project focusing on financial and institutional sustainable WASH services (working towards inclusive WASH service delivery without subsidy while involving community organizations and/or the private sector). I have gained field experience in Ethiopia, Nepal, Ghana, Uganda and Bangladesh.

2008 Internship at the South Africa Local Government Association -  I conducted a research on challenges of municipalities in performing their housing tasks.

2007 Internship at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs – During this internship I did research on accountability (the concept of accountability and the current understandings of this concept within the Ministry)

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