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

Emmanuel Chifunilo - YEP Tailor-made at WaterWorX in Malawi

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

Roel Toonen

Where is he now? Water Consultant at WE Consult Uganda

Young Expert at The Good Shepherd Foundation - Uganda

YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 2

YEP Role

I was employed by the Good Shepherd Foundation to work for the TGS Water Ltd. water drilling company in Uganda, as a Young Expert Professional. Working for the drilling company I was involved with management of projects over a wide range of water related issues. The projects overall aim was to improve safe access to drinking water in Uganda. During the YEP Programme of 2 years I strived to grow as a project manager and grow in capacity to evaluate projects, in order to improve efficiency in the water projects of TGS Water Ltd.
Click here for more information about my project.



I am flexible and curious. Give me something new and exciting, and I will commit myself. Having done many new and exciting things in my still short career I do have a broad background in water and things related. IT, WASH, geophysics, GIS, engineering geology, project management, hydrological modeling, ground water supply and project evaluation. Being curious in nature I will always find something new about the things I think I know a lot about. I keep learning.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: BA in International Water Management at van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences in Velp (2007-2011), Introductory course in Information and Communication Technology at Fontys University in Venlo (2005-2006)


Experience before YEP

Before the YEP Programme I was already working in Uganda for WE-Consult Ltd., a consultancy firm specializing in WASH and geophysical projects. During my time here I have been involved in a wide variety of projects ranging from geophysical surveys to sanitation and hygiene baseline surveys for a wide range of NGO’s and individuals. Here I gained my first experience in project management.

During a nine month period after graduating I worked for the Waterboard Noorderzijlvest in Groningen as a hydrological policy support worker. During my time there gained a lot of experience with hydrological modeling using SOBEK and making hydrological calculations and presentations using ArcGIS.

My eyes were already set on working abroad while I was studying at van Hall Larenstein. I took every chance I was granted to gain experience in a different culture and environment:

  • Thesis on groundwater vulnerability: an analysis on qualitative and quantitative risks on the groundwater supply in Xai-Xai Mozambique (Vitens Evides International, FIPAG)
  • Internship on groundwater resources: an overview of groundwater resources and factors influencing groundwater quantity in Xai-Xai Mozambique (Vitens Evides International, FIPAG)
  • Minor in River Delta Management: an analysis on the irrigation in the Nickerie rice sector providing possible solutions to challenges utilizing a participatory approach (OW-MCP Nickerie, VHL)
  • Internship on erosion in forest fire areas on slopes: an inventory of cost efficient ways to measure erosion on sloped areas in Portugal, (Universidade de Aveiro, EROSFIRE II)
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Monday, April 21, 2014
The Challenge
Dreadful rain. At least here in Kampala. In the North a speck of rain is deemed quite a blessing. If it starts raining here in Kampala it means it will take about a week before some roads will become more

Big, Bad and Orange

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Progress YEP Training weeks
We are 3 days into the training together with the International experts. After a week of intensive reflection and teamwork exercises we are again off with a good start. Love the team, love the more