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.


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New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

We are proud to present the 6th edition of YEP Effect!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 21st batch starts on 21 September

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 22):

11 October 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 28 October
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Max Heeg - YEP Water at Max Foundation in Ethiopia

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

Reinier Veldman

Where is he now? Centre Manager and Technical Advisor at CCAP Smart Center/Connect International

Young Expert at Connect International - Malawi

YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 3

YEP Role

As a Young Expert I worked with Connect International as a Technical Advisor for the Mzuzu SMART Centre. In this role I worked on expanding the use of low-cost WASH techniques through the training of local contractors and entrepreneurs on the technologies and the marketing of the technologies. Through the monitoring of previously installed technologies these can be further improved. Furthermore I taught the course ‘Principles of Hydrology’ at the Water Resources Management and Development Department of Mzuzu University.

Click here for more information about my project.



My background is in land- and watermanagement in the developmental setting with a focus on agricultural water use for the production of crops and the socio economic setting in which it takes place. Though the years I have developed skills on project management, communication and training, finding (technical) solutions for water related problems and adapting to and working in the local setting.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: International Land- and Watermanagement (MSc and BSc) at Wageningen University with the specialization of Irrigation and Watermanagement. My MSc-thesis was on wetland agriculture in Malawi and my MSc-internship on developing a low-cost solution for the arsenic problem in Bangladesh.


Experience before YEP

2012 – 2014
Trainee with the National Water Traineeship a waterboard in the Netherlands (waterschap Hollandse Delta, Ridderkerk). There I worked as a stakeholder manager at a dike improvement project and as a policy advisor on the maintenance of the water system.


Laboratory assistant at BLGG – AgroXpertus, a soil laboratory in Wageningen, The Netherlands


2011 – 2012
Course assistant at Wageningen University for the course Irrrigation System Design and Operation


MSc-Thesis in Malawi with the Rainwater Harvesting Association of Malawi on the use of wetlands for dry-season agriculture and the relationship with household strategies


MSc-Internship in Bangladesh with TU-Delft on on the development of a sub-surface arsenic removal method


2005 – 2009
Promoter for Wageningen University at high schools in the Netherlands

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Attending a proper NGO workshop
Last Tuesday I attended a workshop in Lilongwe together with my colleague Hans. The workshop was jointly organised by PumpAid and Concern Universal with the title 'WASH innovations and lessons learnt more

One of the trained entrepreneurs showcasing and promoting his products

Monday, January 4, 2016
Challenges in hand washing
The SMART Centre is involved in a project at a Primary School in Cape MacClear. Cape MacClear is one of the touristic hot-spots of Malawi offering nice accomodations along Lake Malawi. At the more

Reinier Veldman

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
YEP meet up with Zambia/Malawi
A few weekends ago the Malawian YEPers had a meet-up with the Zambian YEPers. The venue was the South Luangwa National Park in the East of Zambia. Besides the oppertunity to on a safari and enjoy the more

Group picture together with the WWF persons