The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water, YEP Agrofood, YEP Energy and YEP Tailor-made, 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 and renewable energy 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), the Food & Business Knowledge Platform and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.


Preparatory training course

Training of the 19th batch starts on 20 January 2020

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 20):

1 March 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 23 March

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Gertjan van den Ende - YEP Water at Witteveen + Bos in Colombia

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

Lars Heemskerk

Where is he now? Consultant at Akvo, the Netherlands

Young Expert at - Mali

YEP period 2015 - 2017, batch 5

YEP Role

Acted as a online expert in West Africa, suppored partners in the elaboration and maintained the online Akvo tools. Visited West African partners to give support and training on Akvo FLOW, websites, GIS and web mapping.


Click here for more information about my project.


Skills, background and experience before YEP

Please check my LinkedIn profile for more information!

YEP Water


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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