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

Dorine Poelhekke - YEP Agrofood at SimGas in Kenya

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

Lars Heemskerk

Where is he now? Online Communications Professional at Akvo, Mali

Young Expert at - Mali

YEP period 2015 - 2017, batch 5

YEP Role

Acting as a online expert in West Africa, supporting partners in the elaboration and maintenance of the online Akvo tools. Visiting West African partners to give support and training on Akvo FLOW, websites, GIS and web mapping.


Click here for more information about my project.



  • Socially committed, loyal, sense of responsibility, creative and venturous
  • Sound intercultural understanding, and competence in  Dutch, English and French
  • Experienced in online communication, knows how to give advice, train and develop 

  • Ability to connect with others and understand quickly what needs to be done

Nationality: Dutch
Education: Bcomm in Digital Communications (Utrecht) and a Pre Master New Media (Amsterdam)


Experience before YEP

Since 2008 I worked in different roles as an online specialist for international organizations like UNICEF, Textcase and AfricaRice. From 2010 until 2012 I worked freelance in Benin. Beside developing online platforms, I supported and trained organizations in West Africa to reach their online achievements.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Data visualisation for DNACPN
Together with Bintou and Birama we've created several data visualisations for the pilot of the Sanitation mapping in Bougouni Mali. Though this pilot we hope to continue to work with the DNACPN ( more

Heavy thinking during the data visualisation process

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Causerie - Debat on the theme of Food security and Climate Changes
In July the Akvo team organised a “Causerie - Debat” on the theme of Food security and Climate Changes. This is an activity based on a presentation and followed by a debate between several more

Discussion in full swing during the Causerie debat at SNV office in Bamako

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Working with GIS Unit (cellule SIG) of DNGR on data needs
Akvo has approached the GIS Unit (cellule SIG) and the Programme National d’Irrigation de Proximité (PNIP) of the DNGR (Direction Nationale de Genie Rurale). With both teams several meetings were more

Tweet of Birama Sangaré during the DNGR training in Bamako