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

Joana Chemel - YEP Agrofood at NABC/GNBCC in Ghana

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

Modibo Traore

Young Expert at - Mali

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 12

YEP Role

As Young Expert and Technical Account Manager for Akvo, my role consists to identify technical needs and data science needs of Water and Agrofood partners and in implementation activities related to Akvo tools. I support Akvo’s partners to make most out of their data and to make it sense. 

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Design and implementing Monitoring and Evaluation system
  • Data collection and Data analysis
  • Elaboration of information products (report, map, infographics, presentation)
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Good Planning skills
  • Good skill in capacity building

Nationality: Malian

  • 2010 to 2013: Engineer Diploma in statistics of Superior School of Statistics and Information Analysis of Tunis, Tunisia
  • 2008 to 2010: Preparatory class for engineering studies in Faculty of Sciences of Tunis

Experience before YEP


  • May 2016 – June 2017: Deputy Director of Monitoring & Evaluation of USAID Mali /SIRA Project at Education Development Center (EDC)
  • January 2016 – April 2016: MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning) Officer at CRS (Catholic Relief Services)
  • February 2015 To January 2016: Information management Assistant at UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • August 2013 to January 2015: Monitoring & Evaluation assistant at EDC (Education Development Center)
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Contact and preparatory meeting with CMDT for joining data journey
**On march 19, 2019,** a meeting was held between Akvo represented by Mr. Abdoulaye Semdé, hub manager, and Modibo Traoré, technical account manager, and CMDT (_Compagnie Malienne pour le Dé more