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

Paul Kato - YEP Agrofood at We Consult in Uganda

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

Debebe Deferso Dana

Where is he now? Senior Water Resource Modeling Expert at Awash Basin Authority Ethiopia

Young Expert at Waterschap Zuiderzeeland - Ethiopia

YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 4

YEP Role

Water Resource Modeling Specialist.
Click here for more information about my project.



Soil and water sciences, GIS technology



Nationality: Ethiopian
Education: MSc in Irrigation Engineering and BSc in Soil and Water Engineering


Experience before YEP

I have 6 years of experience in soil and water science related tasks

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Interview of Debebe YEPer
Interview of Debebe Deferso, the Group 4 YEPer on workshop in Zeist, Netherlands, 3 December more

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
YEP Online Training
Training at Zeist, Netherlands on Online project more