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.


Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.

Announcement: new deadlines for submitting YEP proposals!

New deadline for submitting YEP proposals: 30 June!!

YEP Effect 5: result of YEP Phase I

The fifth edition of YEP Effect has been released! In this magazine, we reflect on 16 batches of Young Experts in YEP Phase I, and the new Tailor-made programme. Download here!

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 17 and 18):

30 June 2018

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 18 July

Preparatory training course

Training of the 17th batch starts on 16 September
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Jos de Best - YEP Water at VDS A’campo in Kenya

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

Dominic Asante Opoku-Manu

Where is he now? Enterpreneurship Officer at Ghana Climate innovation Center, Ghana

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

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 9

YEP Role

I worked under the YEP Agrofood as the Business Advisory Coordinator to set up,  manage and sustain an Inclusive Agribusiness Accelerator Inbucation programme (IAAI), which supported Agri SMEs to develop a more sustainable business model and to have a better access to market and financial instruments.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Agribusiness development
  • Inclusive business
  • Climate change
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Youth development

Nationality: Ghanaian
Education: MPhil Climate Change and Sustainable Development and BSc. Economics


Experience before YEP

I served as National Debate Coordinator at Debate Ghana Association by providing direct grant/program management support and oversight to programs and debate projects. I was also involved in youth development and capacity building particularly through training and coaching. Thus, empowering young people to participate in local and international debate competitions and also contribute to national issues.


Additionally, I worked as the Director for Center for Climate Change Education Research and Development. I was involved in implementing a project that focused on exploring and using African oral tradition to communicate climate change and other environmental issues. This served as a good example to help bridge the gap between the science of climate change and the public.

YEP Agrofood


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Wednesday, September 6, 2017
IAC launches Accelerator Programme 2.0 more

IAC Accelerator Programme

Thursday, September 15, 2016
Akvo Training more

Local YEPpers at NWP