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

Lieke Hulshof - YEP Agrofood at Justdiggit in Tanzania

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

Eric Osei

Where is he now? Trainer and Consultant at MDF West Africa, Ghana

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

YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 2

YEP Role

During my time at YEP I was working with MDF West Africa as a Junior Trainer and Consultant; I was located in Accra, Ghana. My role was to support and build the capacities of NGOs and CSOs in WASH entrepreneurship, develop and pilot WASH Entrepreneurship programme within MDF which has provided business support services for the WASH sector in Ghana.
Click here for more information about my project.



I have good writing skills; I am a good team builder and player, good with Microsoft office applications. I am more of the idea generation person who is able to come up with lots of ideas when working with a project team.



Nationality: Ghanaian
Education: My educational background is in Entrepreneurship and Economics 


Experience before YEP

  • I have gained a lot of experience with international cooperation with the German International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Diaspora Business Center. As an entrepreneur and a writer I have authored a couple of books on entrepreneurship
  • Carried out an assignment for the Bonn Rhine Sieg University of Applied Sciences Germany on the current state of Entrepreneurship in Ghana
  • Co-founded the African German Youth Dialogue a discussion platform which brought young people together to discuss issues of national and international interest on varied themes and topics.
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014
YEP Training Underway
The Young Expert Programme Water training is currently underway. We are currently publishing our projects on the Akvo more

Training underway