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
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Our Young Experts

Innocent Ndagijimana - YEP Tailor-made at WaterWorX in Rwanda

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Lisa Freiburg

Where is she now? Trainer/business consultant at MDF, the Netherlands

Young Expert at MDF Training & Consultancy B.V. - Ghana

YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 4

YEP Role

As a Trainer Consultant at the West Africa office of MDF Training and Consultancy, my work focused on business creation and entrepreneurship development in the WASH sector. Across Ghana, young people are struggling to find employment. In parallel, WASH facilities are lacking and of poor quality. Together with my colleagues, we want to address both issues by developing entrepreneurship support services that seek to enhance the capacities of young people, NGOs and community-based organisations in setting up successful WASH enterprises. The work will, among other things, involve conducting research, developing training modules and delivering training.


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Having worked for several non-profit organisations in the field of (skills) education, youth entrepreneurship, and international development, I am apt at conducting research, monitoring and evaluation, communications and project management. I am results-oriented in my approach and a strong believer in learning by doing. This applies to how I go about doing my own work as well as being something I like to inspire in others.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc International Development Studies (specialisation: education and globalisation, University of Amsterdam), Postgraduate certificate in Social Research and Evaluation (London Metropolitan University), BSc Social Psychology (University of Amsterdam)


Experience before YEP

Prior to joining MDF, I worked as a Communications Officer at the UNESCO International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Bonn, Germany. Alongside my role in communications, I was the regional coordinator for the activities carried out in the Arab States region and responsible for the coordination of a region-wide project on introducing entrepreneurship education in secondary schools. Prior to working at UNESCO, I worked at the London-based centre for social innovation, the Young Foundation, and worked as an evaluator for a community participation and youth engagement initiative in the Netherlands.

In the context of my Master studies, I conducted research on the quality and relevance of TVET in the central region of Ghana. Within this project, I worked closely with the University of Cape Coast, Technical Training Institutes and the relevant government bodies. This experience has been fundamental in my career progression to date, and has inspired my decision to return to Ghana, working towards creating opportunities for young people who are looking for positive and sustainable change.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Networking event with VIA Water and EnterWASH
VIA Water with support from GNBCC and MDF West Africa organised a networking session on Thursday 20th October 2016 for (potential) VIA Water projects, including MDF’s own project EnterWASH. The more

VIA Water project owners share their experiences with the group

Friday, October 14, 2016
Crowdfunding your WASH enterprise
On 6 and 7 October 2016, EnterWASH participants came together to learn about crowdfunding during a 2-day training on ‘how to crowdfund your WASH enterprise’. The crowdfunding programme forms more

Monday, October 3, 2016
Getting the numbers right: Training on Finance
MDF WA and FARIAD organised additional training on finance on 17th and 24th September 2016 at the MDF WA office, Accra. The training was delivered by Japhet Duga (FARIAD) and supported by Joseph more

EnterWASH participant Senam brought along her products to the training