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

Haymanot Genene - YEP Water at Resilience B.V. in Ethiopia

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Afke van der Woude

Where is she now? Project Manager CBI at Netherlands Enterprise Agency, the Netherlands

Young Expert at NABC/GNBCC - Ghana

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 10

YEP Role

Business and Project Manager at Ghana Netherlands Business and Culture Council (GNBCC) in Accra, Ghana. GNBCC is an organization for all companies that have interest in doing business in the Netherlands and Ghana. We are a member organization with about 100 members from the two countries. GNBCC is also affiliated with the Netherlands African Business Council (NABC) in the Netherlands. Apart from organizing activities for our members,  we are involved in many projects from the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Ghana, RVO and other clients.


In my role as business and project manager, I am responsible for the coordination of many of these projects. My focus is on projects in the agricultural and water sector, and working on improving sustainable entrepreneurship in Ghana. We work in a Dutch-Ghanaian team, and with a diverse range of public and private stakeholders in Ghana and the Netherlands. Ghana is a country with great opportunities, but also has to deal with serious challenges in the water and agricultural sectors. By mobilizing Dutch and Ghanaian entrepreneurs to grow to their full potential, we hope to contribute in a sustainable and positive way to the Ghanaian economy. 

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  • Project planning, organization and coordination
  • Proposal writing
  • Financial planning
  • Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Intercultural communication skills and adaptiveness 

Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc in International Development Studies from Wageningen University; BSc in Human Geography and Planning from Utrecht University


Experience before YEP

Before moving abroad to become a Young Expert myself, I worked for the YEP program bureau! As a project officer, and later project manager, I was involved in the organization and coordination of the YEP training program, the writing of annual plans and reports, the management of the program budget and many other things. Working at the YEP program bureau taught me a lot about how to work in an innovative and international environment. At the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP), I was also involved in the Water & Development program, for which I was contact person for the countries Ghana, Kenya and Rwanda. Now working and living in Ghana, I still benefit from the broad network in the water sector, that I acquired at NWP. 

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Thursday, January 18, 2018
New Business Challenge 2017
The fourth edition of the NBC was organized in the summer of 2017. 20 Dutch and 20 Ghanaian students worked in mixed teams on the business cases of Cargill, People’s Pension Trust, Closing The Loop, more

NBC participant

Thursday, January 18, 2018
Waste Trade Mission to the Netherlands
A Trade Mission to the Netherlands for 20 companies from the Ghanaian Waste and Sanitation Sector has taken plade in October 2017. The mission was also joined by Ghanaian Minister of Sanitation and more

Preparation meeting

Thursday, January 18, 2018
Horticulture Trade Mission to Ghana
From 12 to 16 June 2017, a delegation of 10 Horticultural companies from the Netherlands participated in a Trade Mission to Ghana, organized by GNBCC, NABC and GhanaVeg. They visited Ghana to look more