NWP was instrumental in setting up YEP in 2013. Originally focusing on water, YEP was extended in 2015 with YEP Agrofood, and ever since consists of two programmes: YEP Water and YEP Agrofood. YEP is the joint endeavour of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the NWP and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP).
YEP offers young Dutch professionals the opportunity to gain experience abroad and young local professionals the opportunity to gain international experience through Dutch organisations. The Young Experts receive intensive training and coaching. They identify opportunities for professional development and personal growth, and focus their work on change, stakeholders and results.
Dutch companies, knowledge institutions and social organisations outside the Netherlands that work on development cooperation can submit a project proposal for the deployment of a Young Expert. The period of deployment is between one and two years and must fall under the priority areas of the Dutch development cooperation policy.
Over 350 Young Experts have been deployed in 38 countries, through more than 115 different organisations. Ninety-two percent of the 180 YEP alumni are still continuing their careers in the water and/or agrifood sectors.
YEP is coordinated by the YEP Programme Bureau. NWP acts as the Programme Bureau's lead agency.
For more information visit www.yepprogrammes.com