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

Abel Desta Belai - YEP Agrofood at Tradin Organic Agriculture B.V. in Ethiopia

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

Ruben Wester

Where is he now? Permit Advisor at Waternet the Netherlands

Young Expert at Aquaquest - Zambia

YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 3

YEP Role

Aquaquest Ltd. - part of the WE Group - is a water supply consultans company active in East and Southern Africa. The company assists farmers, mining companies and housing projects without access to surface water by providing hydro-geological assessments and geophysical field surveys and by supervising borehole drilling and development.

As a Project Hydrogeologist I was mainly based out in the field. Here I gave technical advice and I represented the client. I was responsible for the management of the project and local staff. In addition I wrote reports and performed GIS-mapping.

Click here for more information about my project.



I have extensive experience in Hydrological, geological and physical-geographical mapping and the spatial interpretation and presentation of data. I am familiar with taking and analyzing soil and water samples and measuring runoff and meteorological parameters and I am used to work with various types of geophysical equipment.


In addition I have experience in various hydrological software programs and ArcGIS.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: I hold a Master degree in Hydrology with a specialization in Hydrogeology and a Bachelor degree in Earth sciences with a specialization in Physical Geography. Both degrees I obtained at the Vrije University of Amsterdam.


Experience before YEP

My master thesis research I conducted via Acacia Water BV a Hydrological consultancy located in Gouda. My research consisted of a hydrological system analysis for a catchment area suffering from water scarcity in the mountains of western Nepal. The area was mapped and the effects of land use and climate changes on water availability were modeled. Based on these findings recommendations were given on the implement of specific, so called 3R measurements, to improve the water availability.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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irrigation arm of a more

Pivot irrigation

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Drilling for groundwater at a farm in the copperbe
A big farm located in the copperbelt needed an additional water supply, Together with some colleagues we have been on site for a month drilling several boreholes. On the photo we are checking the more

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
YEP Water, online training workshop
First day of the online training workshop. Currently we are all (local and Dutch YEPers) working on our online skills for sharing and finding data. Here we learn to use AKVOrsr for reporting writing more

other YEPers working on AKVOrsr