The Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) was instrumental in setting up YEP in 2013. Originally focusing on water, YEP was extended in 2015 with YEP Agrofood and in 2019 with YEP Energy, and now since consists of three programmes: YEP Water, YEP Agrofood and YEP Energy. Additionally, YEP Tailor-made was set up in 2018 for co-funded organisations to buy in the unique YEP Training and Coaching Programme. YEP is the joint endeavour of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the NWP, the Netherlands Food Partnership and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).
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.
Since 2013, 554 Young Experts have been employed through YEP Programmes in 43 countries.
YEP is coordinated by the YEP Programme Bureau. NWP acts as the Programme Bureau's lead agency.
For more information visit: www.yepprogrammes.com