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Government of Uganda and UN in Uganda

Uganda became a member of the United Nations in 1962. Since then, the UN through its agencies, programmes, funds and entities has worked in partnership with and supported the Government towards achieving its development goals. The UN has provided technical support, capacity building and assistance to address a wide range of development and humanitarian challenges, including those which affect the youth.  

The youth population in Uganda comprises of both the educated/skilled and the unskilled, living in the rural and urban areas. The youth face different challenges, which have had a strong bearing on their ability to access social and economic capital to acquire skills and create their own opportunities. According to the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, about 40,000 youth are released annually into the job market to compete for about 9,000 jobs.

Government has put in place some legal and policy measures to address the unemployment challenge, such as: the National Youth Policy, the National Employment Policy for Uganda, the Skilling Uganda Strategic Plan 2012-2022 as well as the National Youth Council- all of which provide a framework for youth engagement and employment. Government’s Vision 2040 also focuses strongly on skills and employment. These mechanisms have however, not been fully utilized to engage youth in the development agenda of Uganda, thus limiting their ability to realize their full potential.

The United Nations System-wide Action Plan on Youth provides an opportunity to harness the strengths of the UN system in the area of youth development. In providing technical advice and policy engagement, the UN in Uganda employs innovations such as the U-report and the Pulse Lab Kampala (PLK). U-report is a mobile phone short message service (SMS) based surveying tool used to quickly capture the views of thousands of people, while PLK is a data innovation lab under the umbrella of the UN Global Pulse Initiative. These two innovations have been helpful in analyzing data and trends and have enabled the youth to voice their concerns and needs to inform policy advocacy.




Youth Organizations

To implement the One Million Youth SDGs Solutions initiative, the Government of Uganda and the UN in Uganda are working with several youth organizations These include the following:

  • AIESEC is an international youth-run, non-governmental and not-for-profit organization that provides young people with leadership development, cross-cultural internships, and global volunteer exchange experiences. The organization focuses on empowering young people to make a Progressive social impact. The AIESEC network includes approximately 44,280 members in 127 countries. AIESEC is in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and is an independent arm of the UN DPI and UN’s Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth.

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  • Every nation relies on the potential of its young people to develop. World challenges and opportunities change, depending on the shift of time. The youth can rely heavily on the experiences of their generation to shape the future. The world is presenting us with an opportunity to shape it as we want it to be. Generation Engage Network does this through focusing on four thematic areas: Promoting economic empowerment through Social Entrepreneurship training, providing alternation approaches to climate change, civic engagement and providing opportunities for youth engagement.

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  • Amariatek was formed and is designed to awaken the greatness of Africans. As a continent, we have been labeled and fed the notion that we are incompetent and always must come last. This brainwash has left us behind while the rest of the world is tapping into their innovative potential to solve their biggest problems. Amariatek is here to change that narrative, to drill the empowerment into people’s minds, to make them see their hidden potential, to give them a glimpse of what could be achieved if they are coached into being the best version of themselves.

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  • Founded in Uganda in 2005, Incredible Youth International is a worldwide Network of young people looking forward to fulfilling their purpose in life. With an overall aim is to empower the next generation, IYI exists and operates in 60 countries across the world and has reached over 2.9 million young people worldwide. IYI established a multi-purpose venue in Mukono for young people in Uganda, which is also accessible to the rest of the world. IYI seeks to continue partnering with Individuals, corporations, institutions and actors who acknowledge that tomorrow’s future is in the hands of today’s youth.

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  • The Response to African Youth Dynamics (RAYD) is a youth platform established as a continental youth policy Advocacy and Civil Society Organization. It was set up as a response to the dynamic challenges that young people find themselves in due to their untapped potential to unlock the new national and continental development programs in achieving and implementing the SDGs. RAYD has woken up to the call to give every young innovator in Uganda the platform to showcase their creative and innovative thinking ability to meet the SDGs. We aim to promote participation of young people, including those who are often left out. RAYD is a member of the 2030 Youth Alliance who are the hosts of the Africa youth SDGs.

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  • The Smart Life Experience Initiative (SLEI) is a non- profit platform in Uganda. Founded in 2015, SLEI provides life-changing mindset programs to Ugandan youth leaders with a vision of “walking the talk” when it comes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SLEI is a youth-led platform which is passionate about having better livelihoods under a sustainable environment. The initiative guides and encourages leaders living in rural and urban areas of Uganda to have a better sustainable life at work and at home by changing consumption patterns in various ways like using active transport such as cycling and buying indigenous products. SLEI also has a duty to prepare the future leaders for the future of humanity and does this by equipping them with knowledge of the SDGs.

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  • Smart Youth Network Initiative is a youth network focused on promotion of socio-economic development, environment justice and technological progress towards a prosperous Africa. Since its initiation in 2017, the organization has engaged in various campaigns and projects in different parts of the country to help youths adopt and evolve so that they can benefit communities and society. SYNI has made significant progress in inducing and promoting activities to promote civic engagements among youths in Uganda, specifically in the areas of policy advocacy, climate action, digitalization, strengthening coordination and joint efforts among youth associations.

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  • The Youth Achievers Forum Africa is a registered Non-Government organization operating in Uganda. With a vision of young people everywhere meeting the needs of other young people and communities everywhere, YAFA mobilizes, motivates and empowers young people with tools with which to become leaders of change in their communities. We implement of projects and programs in different youth communities and schools around Uganda. YAFA so far has a membership of 11,000 youth leaders registered and fully participating in some of our programs which include the Youth Volunteer Network, the Youth Institute of Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development, the Youth SDGs Fellowship and the Virtual Voices Program.

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