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

Rafsan Jani Siam - YEP Agrofood at Just Business in Bangladesh

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

Ivo van Haren

Where is he now? General Manager at Maris, South Sudan

Young Expert at We Consult - Mozambique

YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 3

YEP Role

Ivo van Haren was a consultant / project manager at WE-Consult. He was involved in several projects on (ground and surface) water and sanitation. This included for example baseline studies, project evaluations, GIS mapping and supplying sustainable water, implementing sustainable sanitation and the management of transboundary water resources.

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Project Design / Management, Social Economics, Rural water supply and sanitation, WASH & Baseline surveys, Geographic Surveys, Geographical Information Systems.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: M.Sc. International Development, Utrecht University, B.Sc. Human Geography & Planning, Groningen University


Experience before YEP

Ivo van Haren graduated as a M.Sc. International Development in 2011 at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He focused on the international implementation of water and sanitation projects. His master thesis research for UN-Habitat Nepal concerned the feasibility of the Global Sanitation Fund program implemented in Rural Western Nepal. This included an extensive livelihood survey in several districts. In 2010 Ivo gained significant planning and management experience during his internship in Nigeria.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014
AKVO Training
Completed the AKVO training during the second week of YEP training in Ede - Wageningen, The more

Josje Spierings giving an RSR training