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

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

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


All Young Experts are linked to a coach which will be appointed by the YEP Programme bureau. They will meet their coach during the training weeks in the Netherlands, and during their time abroad they stay in contact with them via e-mail and Skype, usually once every month. The coaches support the Young Experts with the drafting of their personal development plan, and potentially play a key role in the personal development of the Young Experts. The coaches are able to provide support with any issues that they might encounter with regard to living and working in an international environment. The Young Experts are encouraged to keep their coaches informed about their progress and development, as the coaches can provide unbiased support.


YEP currently works with the following five coaches:

Linda (1960) obtained her Master’s degree in Dispute Resolution (UVA) and has been an NMI Mediator since 1997. She is the director of the Center for Conflict, where she also works as a trainer. Here she has developed numerous training and educational programmes for professional mediators in the Netherlands and abroad. Besides her work for the Center of Conflict she also serves as a professional coach. She has conducted hundreds of mediations and has extensive experience in the field of complex mediation cases (especially in the field of business mediation), labour relations and cooperation issues. She is a specialist in complex (multiparty) conflicts such as team conflicts. She is also available for mediation courses in English, French, German and Spanish.


Linda performs various administrative tasks, including roles as the president of the European Mediation Network (EMNI), and as chairman of the Foundation for Mediation in Spatial Planning and the Environment. In addition she is secretary of the Foundation for Aviation Mediation. In a somewhat more distant past, she worked as an international consultant in the field of water and sanitation in Africa, Asia and Latin America. She speaks six languages. "Bringing movement is one of the essences of the mediation profession. I think it's important to believe in the power of people to solve their own conflicts. As a mediator, I can fulfil a valuable role by helping the mediation participants with sharing information and to help them gain insight into the choices they have."

Linda Reijerkerk
Linda Reijerkerk

Linda (1960) obtained her Master’s degree in Dispute Resolution (UVA) and has been an NMI Mediator since 1997. She is the director of the Center for Conflict, where she also works as a trainer....