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

Florentine Dirks - YEP Agrofood at Wageningen University & Research in Ethiopia

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

Ando Dolly Ratsimba

Where is he now? Director of Impact Madagascar

Young Expert at Practica Foundation - Madagascar

YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 3

YEP Role

My assignment as Young Expert was at a sanitation project in Tamatave – Madagascar which objectives were (i) to set-up a sustainable and affordable desludging service for popular neighbourhoods, (ii) to design and build a cost-efficient sludge treatment plant, (iii) to support local authorities in the monitoring and improvement of sludge management facilities. I’m responsible of all technical activities within this project.

Click here for more information about my project.



The studies and experiences I have followed helped me to have the followings skills:

Latrine emptying systems (design tools, operations)
Infrastructure works (design, drawing and implementation)
Training (latrine workers, local authorities)

Design and modeling gravity fed water network
Design irrigation network and infrastructures (dam, canal…)

Environmental assessments (use of LCA method)



Nationality: Malagasy
Education: MSc in Civil Engineering, Energy and Environment – LaReunion University: 2011. Theme of thesis: “Environmental assessment and design of a drinking water supply system in Madagascar rural areas, using the Life Cycle Assessment method and the software Epanet”.

Engineer Degree on Hydraulic engineering – Ecole Supérieure Polytechnique d’Antananarivo Madagascar: 2009. Theme of thesis: “Optimization of a network providing drinking water for 4 000 customers by the SIG and a gravity fed water network modeling software”


Experience before YEP

Project engineer – Fecal sludge management - PRACTICA Foundation - Madagascar: June 2014 – present

  • To design tools for extraction and transportation
  • To develop an efficient organization of desludging service
  • To design and build a sludge treatment plant (200m³/month)
  • To support local authorities in the monitoring and improvement of sludge management facilities

Independent Consultant - Water and Sanitation Project - Madagascar: January 2013 – May 2014

  • Participate in feasibility studies of “Drying Beds for Fecal Sludge Treatment of Mahajanga”
  • System and tools design of a desludging service for a city with 10 000 inhabitant
  • Design four gravity fed water systems and three dams for irrigation network

Rural infrastructure Expert - Projet de Soutient pour le Développement Rurale - Madagascar: Sept 2012 – Dec 2013

Supervision of the rehabilitation for 15 irrigation systems in Atsimo Andrefana Region.


Project Engineer – Rural Access to New Opportunities on Water and Sanitation (RANOn’ALA) - Madagascar: Sept 2012 – Dec 2013

Feasibility studies, beneficiaries’ trainings focused on national regulations, water quality, sanitation and hygiene in the Region of Analajirofo.

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Friday, January 27, 2017
After the YEP programme the YEPer continue working with Practica on new projects
After his participation within the YEP programme, the YEPer Ando Dolly RATSIMBA still work for Practica this year (2017) in other new projects : - Fecal Sludge Management of the municipality of more

The YEPer with Medair staff and trained emptyers in Maroantsetra Madagascar

Monday, April 11, 2016
Treatment plant construction - Ministry of Water field visit
Last week, the Ministry of water team visited the treatment plant construction in Toamasina Madagascar. The regional Director and few technicians from the Ministry of water was present with the more

The Yeper Ando Dolly RATSIMBA guiding the visit

Thursday, April 7, 2016
Treatment plant construction - Filter n°1 Pouring of concrete
Pouring of concrete in the first bassin with more than 50 workers. The operation was lead by Miss Zita, the construction company director. more

Workers pouring concrete