National Youth Council - Uganda

Umbrella organization of all Youth in Uganda between the ages of 18-30 years.

Partners

Youth unemployment and underemployment are among the major challenges in Uganda. The unemployment level affects young people at 68 % and continues to intensify pressure on the country’s economy with its 3.5 % growth rate.

To address the youth employment challenges in Uganda, the National Youth Council (NYC) under Ministry of Gender Labour and social development ((MoGLSD) representing the Government of Uganda partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Volunteers (UNV) on the Uganda Graduate Volunteer Scheme (UGVS), a project that is intended to provide a bridge for young Ugandan graduates as they transit from school to work.

The scheme will put in place a solid policy and legal framework which recognizes volunteerism as an avenue for youth’s contribution to the social development challenges, and a pathway to youth’s enhanced employability.

The scheme will specifically enhance youth employability through the following activities;

  • Induction training comprising of skills aimed at preparing the youth for the world of work in areas such as self-awareness and values, planning and goal setting, effective communication, decision making and problem-solving, work ethics and professionalism, career planning and networking and job security.
  • Volunteer placement with host organisations for one year to carry out functions and responsibilities designated by the organisations. This provides an ample opportunity to youth for learning on the job, building relationships and networks and putting their performance to test. The host organisations would be expected to provide additional specialized training to the youth volunteers serving their organisations to address specific functions and responsibilities the volunteers would be expected to discharge.
  • Coaching and mentoring for youth volunteers by designated staff in their host organization.
  • Connect youth volunteers to the private sector, financial institutions, and host institutions.

Youth volunteers will have opportunities to develop innovative enterprise ideas and will be supported.

The National Youth Council encourages the eligible youth to apply via https://gvsuganda.org/

The IYET is a multi-stakeholder engagement group that focuses on national level engagement on issues of youth in agriculture.

Together with the National Youth Council, IYET Conducts interactive round table discussions to inform policymakers. In November 2018 a Youth and Financial Inclusion Dialogue was held mainly to achieve the following objectives:

  1. To identify drivers and evidence gaps for youth access to finance,
  2. To explore pathways that will ensure effective access to finance through enabling and harmonized policies and strategies,
  3. To explore the different approaches employed to increase youth access to finance.

The above objectives would address challenges youth face in accessing formal financial services and exclusion due to a number of diverse demand side and supply side reasons including legal and regulatory barriers such as minimum age and provision of identification, lack of collateral, small irregular incomes, and high transaction costs among others.  Youth financial inclusion is, therefore, an important development and policy issue that requires multi-stakeholder dialogue to address.

The 1995 constitution of the Republic of Uganda under Article 78 clause (1) (b) and (c) provides for special interest representation in Parliament. Article 78 clause (2) provides for the review of representation after a period of 10 years with the purpose of retaining, increasing or abolishing such representation and any matters incidental to it.

In 2015 FES commissioned a study to assess the performance of the youth members of Parliament. This followed a series of meetings that developed benchmarks to improve their performance.

Currently, FES is a partnership with NYC that is consulting with a wider constituency for input and modification of the benchmarks on the performance of youth members of parliament at the sub-regional level.

Consultations have so far been conducted with the youth in the sub-regions of; - Rwenzori, Ankole, Kigezi, Bukedia, Busoga, Elgon.

A report of the findings shall be published and disseminated to the relevant stakeholders.

The activity is under the Gender and Rights (UGA7G22A) Project and feeds into the Reproductive Health Component (UGA7R53A) with the Country Programme output of Young people.

In line with the above, the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) with support from UNFPA conducted training of youth leaders in Promoting Youth Participation. The activities were planned under the Gender and Rights Project to contribute to “healthy lifestyles choices related to sexual and reproductive health are increased for young people”. The activity specifically contributed to the Legislative, policy and financing support for sexuality education and the existence of functional non-partisan youth coordination structure or mechanism.

A national youth participation guide was produced through the National Youth Council and it is currently pending popularization and dissemination.

OBJECTIVES OF THE TRAINING

  1. Enhance the leadership capacity of youth leaders to enable them to adopt to the current leadership challenges.
  2. To empower youth leaders with leadership and management skills
  3. To empower youth leaders with life skills that address issues to do with ASRH.
  4. To sensitize youth leaders on existing GOU policies and programs
  5. To equip young people with relevant and accurate information on
  6. To make recommendations and suggestions that promote good leadership values
  7. To have action plans on the promotion of youth participation in 08 UNFPA districts developed

The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) is a political foundation, think tank and consulting agency in German with civic responsibility of promoting freedom, liberty, peace, and justice. They focus on consolidating democracy, the unification of Europe and the strengthening of transatlantic relations as well as on development cooperation.

The National Youth Council engaged (KAS) to particularly to sensitize the female youth on their roles and responsibilities in addition to finding solutions to the challenges they are faced with. Other areas of sensitization included finding ways of improving their capacity to lobby and advocate for programmes for the youth.

The initiative helped the female youth leadership to understand NYC systems, policies and laws and also find strategies to effectively provide services in their districts.

Its purpose was to promote young female leaders skills and capacities to participate actively in democratic practices, including in local, regional and national, electoral processes.

The training also aimed at increasing young women’s participation and presence in political offices and decision-making bodies at all levels (participation of young women -through both elected and non-elected positions).

The programme has benefitted youth from the following subregions

Northern Region

Abim, Adjumani, Agago, Alebtong, Amolatar, Amuru, Apac, Dokolo, Gulu, Kitgum, Kole, Lamwo, Lira, Moyo, Nebbi, Nwoya, Otuke, Oyam, Pader and Yumbe

Busoga Subregion

 Jinja, Mayuge, Iganga, Bugiri, Kaliro, Kamuli, Namayingo, Namutumba, Luuka, Busia, Tororo, Mbale Buyende, Sironko, Bulamabuli, Manafa and Buduuda 

Rwenzori and some districts from Western Region

Kabarole, Kasese, Ntoroko, Kyenjojo, Kyegegwa, Bundibugyo Kamwenge, Mbarara, Sheema, Bushenyi, Ibanda Rubirizi, Kagadi, Kakumiro Kabale, Kiryandongo and Hoima.

Eastern and Karamoja

Soroti, Kakakwi, Kumi, Kaberamaido, Serere, Ngora, Bukedea, Amuria, Busia, Mbale, and Tororo, Budaka, Kibuku, Pallisa, Butaleja, Nakapiripirit, Napak, Moroto, Amudat, Kotido and Kabong