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.


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

April Raine Lavides - YEP Tailor-made at WaterWorX in Philippines

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

Nouri Koedam

Where is he now? Co-founder at Dnomadz, the Netherlands

Young Expert at Vitens Evides International - Kenya

YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 3

YEP Role

I worked for Vitens Evides International (VEI) as a Non-Revenue Water (NRW) Expert on the project Addressing Non-Revenue Water: The Invisible Alternative Source of Water. The overall goal of this project, in which SNV Netherlands' Development Organization has the leading role, was to increase access to clean and safe drinking water by reducing NRW among 10 Water Service Providers (WSP's). My role was to assist the WSP's in starting up District Metered Areas and to implement NRW strategies. I worked closely with Peter Bervoets (YEP Water group 1) as he was the team leader in this project.

Click here for more information about my project.



I am goal oriented and like to use my flexible, open and creative side in reaching my goals. I can be flexible when unexpected situations appear, open towards new ideas and creative in finding solutions. These help me to stay positive and to stay focused on the greater goals. Besides this I like to use my social, intercultural skills and humor to create a good atmosphere to work and cooperate in with my colleagues and partners.  



Nationality: Dutch
Education: BBE Civil Engineering, University of Applied Science - Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Specialization: water management. Minor: Internationalization - Working in Developing Countries


Experience before YEP

During my bachelor studies of Civil Engineering (University of Applied Science, Amsterdam) I focused on international development work and am specialized in water management. A minor gained me theoretical and field experience (internship at Ex-change, Malawi) to work in development countries. Inspired by the UN Millennium Development Goal to halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation I also conducted an internship (Vitens Evides International) at the local drinking water company in Ghana and focused my bachelor thesis on sanitation in South Africa (University of Stellenbosch and GLS Consulting).


After my studies I worked for several years in the Netherlands at an international advising company (Royal HaskoningDHV), a municipality (Naarden) and at an NGO (TECS International).


Contact information

+254 715 334 769 (Kenya)
+31 612 976 263 (Netherlands)

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
NRW awareness plans
To raise NRW awareness within the WSPs, some of the companies formed teams and developed a Raising NRW Awareness plan. A highlight of the activities they planned to do in the near future: more

NRW poster

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
NRW awareness training
Non-Revenue Water (NRW) reduction approaches are (to most WSPs) new to the existing approaches, what means a change of operating/managing a company. Non-Revenue Water is a problem which is part of more

NRW Water Balance model (based on IWA water balance model)

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Implementation of NRW reduction strategies
As mentioned in the previous updates, the isolation of the District Metered Area (DMA) pilots and the analyses of data captured in a Management Information System (MIS) tool, enable the Water Service more

NRW roadmap steps