"In my view, the success of YEP is down to two factors. First, over the years we have remained consistent and unwavering in what we have set up. The basics are the same, they’re recognisable: the same playing field, the same rules. At the same time, we are working to maintain quality on all fronts: the training programme, the coaching and support, the alumni events, the reporting, the communication.
And we’ve shown that it works. We recently published the first edition of YEP Effect, an online magazine that will come out every few months. It’s an opportunity for us to demonstrate the impact our programmes have: on the young professionals themselves, on the organisations they work for and on the Dutch water and agrifood sectors. We use the “impact chain tool” to achieve this, as it offers a smart way to show what YEP is producing. There are countless examples from in the field, such as Myanmar, where we began with just one young professional. Now there are 16 people working in that country, for a diverse range of companies. One of the coaches has just come back from that country; there was a lunch with the ambassador, the deputy and the embassy’s water and food expert. That’s somewhere where you can really see the impact YEP has had."