The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water & YEP Agrofood, 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 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) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.


MDF newsletter by Young Experts!

A number of the Young Experts, employed by MDF, have released another edition of the "What's Yeppening" newsletter of MDF!

YEP Effect 4 has been released!

During the YEP kick off of batch 15,  another new edition of YEP Effect has been officially launched: the fourth edition is now available!

YEP alumnus Jacques on TV!

Jacques Tuyishime, alumnus of YEP Programmes, is now Managing Director at Holland GreenTech in Rwanda. He has developed several skills during his time in YEP,  especially during the Personal Development Training!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 16th batch starts on 4 February 2019
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Harold Hoiting - YEP Water at Mott MacDonald in Egypt

Click here for an overview of all YEP projects at Akvo RSR

Joseph Asante

Where is he now? Project Officer at Tropenbos International, Ghana

Young Expert at Tropenbos International - Ghana

YEP period 2016 - 2017, batch 8

YEP Role

Project Assistant at Tropenbos International Ghana, Kumasi.

Click here for more information about my project.



Project Management

Monitoring and Evaluation

Proposal Writing




Nationality: Ghanaian
Education: BA Geography & Resource Development and Political Science (University of Ghana), MPhil Candidate Natural Resource and Environmental Governance (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology)


Experience before YEP


Tropenbos International Ghana; Project Assistant

  • Interim Project officer for Ecosystem Alliance Ghana Programme and Forest Connect project; coordinating project activities and reporting.
  • Support Head office project initiatives; Conducted an inventory on cocoa projects in Ghana that has direct relation with biodiversity. This was to help design a unique project in the cocoa landscape of Ghana.
  • Monitoring, evaluation and learning outcome and capacity building of Ecosystem Alliance (EA) project partners; Design M&E protocol for field monitoring activities.

Tropenbos International Ghana, Research Assistant

  • Support research and consultancies.
  • Supervise field activities; pilot nursery establishment and woodlot establishment for sustainable charcoal production under a project dubbed “right plus action to pilot a sustainable and legal model for charcoal businesses in Ghana”.
  • Support organisation of meetings and workshops on TBI Ghana project activities

Ghana Education Service, Service Personnel

  • Served as teacher at Oyoko Methodist Senior High School, Eastern region, Ghana. Teaches Government and Geography.
  • Responsible for non-academic activities including sports and games, organizing students for school activities and helping with.

Star Assurance Company Limited, Assistant Agent.

  • Liaison officer, marketing and education on services and policies for clients.
YEP Agrofood


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Tuesday, April 19, 2016
YEP Training
In Netherlands for YEP preparatory training programme.Great to meet all YEPers and instructors and looking forward great more

Having fun just before training