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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Barnabas Apom

Where is he now? Projects and Business Executive at GNBCC Ghana

Young Expert at Daily Business - Ghana

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 7

YEP Role

As a Young Water Expert, I worked with Ghana Netherlands Business and Cultural Council (GNBCC), which coordinates with Daily Business on assignments in Ghana. My focus was on companies in the Water Sector; where I helped in identifying and informing GNBCC, NWP about business opportunities for Dutch-Ghanaian cooperation and partnerships. I also facilitated visits of Dutch Water Sector Organisations to Ghana and helped to introduce Dutch companies to the right potential partners. In addition, I worked on a comprehensive database of the Ghanaian Water sector players to enhance active collaboration and partnership.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Entrepreneurship Development
  • Conducting Research
  • Networking


Nationality: Ghanaian
Education: BA in Mathematics and Statistics (University of Ghana)


Experience before YEP

  • Researchlime Startup Founder: coordinates fieldworks for stakeholders in the Ghanaian water sector, which involves hiring enumerators, supervising data collection, data processing and ensuring data integrity and completeness using mobile technology. Coordinating and maintaining an active contact with data collection teams across the ten (10) regions of Ghana. Conducting AKVOFLOW training on behalf of Akvo.
  • Consultant with Skyfox Ltd: conducting baseline surveys and field trainings on Water and Sanitation interventions; CLTS, WASH in Schools and entrepreneurship interventions in the water sector. Promoting Hygiene practices among school children within selected communities in Ghana. Testing WASH in Schools (WinS) Curriculum in promoting life-saving behavior change among children.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Ghana Business Star Growth Program
The next organization from Amsterdam is having an information session at GNBCC on the GBSGP (Ghana Business Star Growth Program) to encourage entrepreneurs take the next step in their business more

A presentation from the next organization

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Full WASH Coverage is Essential to Climate
WaterAid in partnership with GYEM organizes a workshop on theme, WASH based Climate Adoption Strategies in Ghana. The objective was to Highlight the importance of WASH as central to climate adoption more


Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Via water Cafe in Accra
GNBCC in collaboration with EnterWASH Ghana organized a cafe meet up for VIA entrepreneurs who are at various stages of their proposals. The group of water related entrepreneurs are currently more

Barnabas facilitating the cafe