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

Airen Lugt - YEP Agrofood at Cocoanect in Ghana

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

Arie van Amerongen

Where is he now? WASH project manager at Red Cross, Philippines

Young Expert at Rode Kruis - Philippines

YEP period 2015 - 2017, batch 4

YEP Role

As a Young Expert WASH advisor I supported the Philippine Red Cross in the implementation of a Netherlands Red Cross supported project. My main role was to provide technical expertise for rehabilitation and construction of sustainable water and sanitation facilities. The project ‘Reduction of Child Mortality Due to Diarrhea (Manila)’ aimed to “Contribute to public health resiliency by assisting the urban poor, children in particular, to maintain their health and improve their access to safe water and basic sanitation”. The location is barangay 101 in Tondo, Manila. A very densely populated urban neighborhood bordered by a river and the port and inhabited by both formal and informal settlers. The project interventions concerned the construction and rehabilitation of water and sanitation facilities and activities on community organisation and mobilization in schools and in the community. These interventions were implemented using the Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation (PHAST) and Children Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation (CHAST) approaches.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • (architectural) design
  • building engineering
  • visualization
  • (sustainable) sanitation design and planning
  • research


Nationality: Dutch
Education: MOOC ‘Introduction to Water Treatment’. TU Delft course provided by edX (2013).

Master of Science in Architecture, Ubanism and Building Sciences at TU Delft (2012). Graduation project: ‘From broken toilets to a new place for WASH in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’.

Bachelor in building engineering at Hogeschool Utrecht (2007). Graduation project: ‘Research and design of multiple use of space’.


Experience before YEP

  • Urban Emergencies Global Studies. A MSc project researching post-disaster redevelopment from an architectural, urbanism and building technological perspective. In this project six teams of three went each to a country. Herein I was part of team Ghana. There we did a three month field research on the implications of urban and rural of flooding in Accra and Wiaga (Upper East Region). Outputs of this research project were a symposium, exhibition and a booklet.
  • Urban Emergencies Haiti. As part of my graduation I did research on post-disaster sanitation in urban low-income neighborhoods in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. This research consisted of a one month field visit in Port-au-Prince. During this field research visit I got the opportunity to extend my stay for another five weeks to work as a WASH-intern for Cordaid Haiti. My role was to setup an owner driven sanitation retrofit program for two low-income neighborhoods in Port-au-Prince.
  • Self-employed architect at Architect AvA. During and after my studies I worked as a self-employed architect and architectural draftsman. In this role I have been responsible for design, drawing, building permits, visualization and/or construction supervision of several projects.  
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Update about updating in RSR
Today we are trained in using RSR. At this moment we got the explanation about making an update for our project. In the photo are my fellow YEPpers. With in particular my Filipino colleague Chrismar more

During the explanation about updating.