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

Erna Goudt - YEP Agrofood at GDK Software in Kenya

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

Chanda Mwale

Where is she now? Fresh Water Officer at WWF, Zambia

Young Expert at WNF - Zambia

YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 3

YEP Role

Member of WWF- Zambia Freshwater Team. I was working on a monitoring framework for the E-Flows programme in the Zambezi River Basin. Click here for more information about my project.



Environmental Management, Geography, Geographic Information Systems, Environmental Project Briefs, Solid Waste Management.



Nationality: Zambian
Education: Bachelor of Social Science with Honours in Geography and Environmental Management from University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, 2011.  Final year thesis looked into the policy and practice of industrial solid waste management in Lusaka, Zambia.


Experience before YEP

  • October 2013 – May 2014. Worked as Environmental Scientist at a mineral exploration company, which involved preparation of Environmental Project Briefs, Environmental Management Plans, Compliance and Environmental Auditing.
  • October 2011- October 2013. Work experience was in the solid waste management industry of Lusaka, Zambia. Worked closely with The Municipal Council at controlling and handling of solid waste in designated residential areas. Focus was adherence to solid waste legislation, waste stream auditing and streamlining where possible.
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014
4 months and counting!!!!
Well it has been 3 months since my return from The Netherlands and my YEP training... and 4 months since I started work at WWF Zambia. I wish I could say that I have settled in but I am well on my more

Taking a picture of washed up jellyfish in Beira, Mozambique.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Introductory video for my YEP project more