Through our Youth Livelihoods Program we provides skills training for economically disadvantaged young people so they can find employment. This skills training focuses on developing foundational skills such as literacy and numeracy, technical skills, as well as soft skills such as critical thinking, communications and teamwork.
The program also provides financial services, such as savings, and financial literacy education to build young people’s financial capability.

The Un-employment Challenge

The high level of unemployment among the youth is a concern worldwide, as it is a recipe for organized crime, lawlessness, political instability and social conflicts. In Uganda, the Youth Employment Report (UBOS September 2012), indicates that the total labor-force in the country is comprised of 4.4 million youth. About 32% of the estimated 6.5 million youth in the country are jobless, about 2 million of which are literate; and 2 million are under-employed. Fifty-percent 50% of the economically active youth are not engaged in income-generating employment (MFPED 2011). Youth self employment is by far the most important form of youth work. The survey reveals that 60% of employed young people are self-employed, while 70% of the employed youth in rural areas are engaged in agriculture. Seventy-percent (70%) of the youth in urban areas are engaged in the service sector. Informal employment accounts for the highest proportion of the employed youth outside agriculture. Youth unemployment is more pronounced in urban areas than in rural areas, as a result of rural –urban migration. It is estimated that 67% of the youth get engaged in some form of employment by the age of 18 years. This large number of youth that enter the labor market at an early age is associated with the high school dropout rates. There are strong linkages between unemployment, underemployment, shortage of decent jobs and poverty. Eradication of poverty requires sustained macro-economic stability coupled with an enabling environment for investments that contributes to productive employment creation.

Program Goal

Through our Youth Livelihood Program, our goal is to empower the young people of East Africa  to harness their socio-economic potential and increase self-employment opportunities and income levels.

Specific Objectives

(i) To provide youth with the 21st Century soft skills and tools for self- employment and job creation.

(ii) To train young people in financial literacy and provide financial support to enable them establish Income Generating Activities (IGAs).

(iii) To Provide the youth with entrepreneurship and life skills as an integral part of their livelihoods. (iv) To provide youth with relevant knowledge and information for attitudinal change (positive mind set change)

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Our YLPs are measured by the following Indicators:

(i) Number of youth benefiting from the  Programme.

(ii) Average increase in the income levels of the youth (%)

(iii) Youth in self- employment after programme support (%);

(iv) Youth equipped with entrepreneurship skills and have opened their own businesses (%);

(v) Number of youth trained in life skills

(vi) Number of active youth groups formed through a participatory process (empowerment indicator)

(vii) Level of satisfaction of the targeted youth with the quality of the project processes and implementation (%).

Our Youth Livelihoods Strategy
• Prioritize agriculture and value Addition which are growing and can absorb large numbers of entry-level employees.
• Conduct market assessments to identify employment or self-employment opportunities.
• Provide young people with a holistic package of relevant technical and transferable skills, opportunities for apprenticeships, mentoring and connections to employers, as well as access to financial services.
• Connect young people to opportunities for career and economic growth through public fora like conferences, dialogues and round table discussions, among others.