Unleashing African Entrepreneurship Initiative Youth Entrepreneurship Facility, Uganda.

Youth unemployment is a serious and growing challenge in developing countries, especially in the African continent. It is no doubt a real threat to socio-political and economic stability in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Some of the underlying causes of youth unemployment include lack of supportive business environment; lack of entrepreneurial culture; lack of requisite entrepreneurship skills; lack of access to affordable finance; lack of evidence-based information upon which policy makers can make informed decisions; and limited involvement of the youth in matters pertaining to their livelihood.

Brief Project Overview:
The economic challenges facing the youth in Uganda cannot be better stated by the fact that the youth form 83% of the unemployed population in Uganda, and that 75% of Ugandans are below 30 years. According to the National Labour Employment Policy, while overall unemployment rate in Uganda has increased from 3.5% to 5.6%, the reality of the problem about youth underutilization reveals a more severe situation than what is reflected in numbers and for that reason, the ILO/YEF proposed to partner with EU to address the high unemployment in the country. This intervention has been designed in close consultation with the Government of Uganda in coordination with the Education development Partners group in Uganda.
Objectives:
The objective of the project is to contribute to the creation of decent work for young Ugandans both as means of self development and as job creation for others

Expected Deliverables:
The objective of the project is to contribute to the creation of decent work for young Ugandans both as means of self development and as job creation for others with a focus on five outcomes:
• Improve attitudes towards entrepreneurship among young men and women.
• The education systems produce more entrepreneurial graduates with pertinent skills.
• Youth employment policy makers and promoters are in a better position to make evidence based decisions to improve resource allocation and programme design.
• Youth organizations deliver innovative youth employment and entrepreneurship solutions.
• Youth start and improve their business.
Project Implementation:
The project in Uganda is implemented based on an approach which has the following interventions on three levels:
• The Meta level, which is comprised of the broader cultural context, including attitudes, mind-sets and behaviours towards entrepreneurship.
• The macro level, which consists of youth policies and the business enabling environment for young entrepreneurs.
• The micro-level (or market place) where young women and men economically interact (be it as employees or entrepreneurs) and exchange goods and services(including their own labour) for money, including with education institutions and organisations that facilitate or deliver entrepreneurship education, BDS and financial services
Other programme partners includes; Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Federation of Ugandan Employers, Central Organisation of Free Trade Unions, National Organisation of Trade Unions, Association of Micro Finance Institutions of Uganda, Uganda Small Scale Industries Association, Private sector and civil society organisations, Uganda Police, Straight Talk Foundation, National Curriculum Development Centre, ILO Master Trainer, Makerere University Business School, Uganda Youth Network and Private Sector Foundation of Uganda.