ILO and Sweden join hands to support a National Employment Diagnostic Analysis in Uganda

ILO and the Sweden Government signed partnership agreement to carry out Employment Diagnostic Analysis in Uganda.

Press release | 30 June 2016
Kampala (ILO NEWS): The ILO and the Government of Sweden today signed an agreement to signal the initiating of a joint partnership for delivering a National Employment Diagnostic Analysis (EDA) in the country. The Agreement was signed by H.E. Urban Andersson, Ambassador of Sweden to Uganda and Ms. Mary Kawar, Director, ILO Country Office for Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.

The purpose of the EDA is to understand the nature of the deficiency of productive employment and identify the constraints and opportunities for enhancing inclusive job-rich growth in the country. During the signing ceremony, H.E Andersson, said, “By providing a sound knowledge base for effective policies, institutional reforms and other interventions aimed at reducing the deficiency of productive employment, we hope that the EDA will contribute to Uganda benefitting from the country´s demographic dividend.”

Emphasising on local participation and ownership during the EDA implementation, H.E. Andersson commended the ILO, it’s tripartite structure and the experiences in facilitating policy dialogue in the country and globally with key stakeholders. He expressed his confidence that this participatory approach will secure ownership and sustainability to the work.

The Swedish results strategy for Sweden’s international development cooperation with Uganda 2014–2018, includes an explicit result on increased productive employment opportunities for women and young people. Commenting on this, the Ambassador reiterated that,

“… the EDA is supposed to strengthen how we as a donor can contribute to this results … Projections and delivery of productive employment opportunities is still very much an underdeveloped area; we see this support as catalytic where Sweden will act as a broker between local stakeholders to ensure alignment to national priorities but also coordination between different policy areas and possible donor funding.”

At the event, Ms. Kawar, said, ”This agreement will enable us at the ILO to strengthen our evidence based policy advice to the government and will provide answers as to why a fairly high and sustained economic growth in Uganda has not been associated with the creation of sufficient and decent jobs.”

Working closely with the ILO, the Government of Uganda, through the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) will provide overall leadership to the EDA process. However, Ms. Kawar, indicated that engagements will be made with other government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, the Federation of Uganda Employers, Research and Knowledge Institutions, Academia, Trade Unions and selected Development Partners, in order to secure wider participation and ownership of the EDA process and its outcomes.

She further emphasised that, “ the ILO’s Global Employment Agenda upon which ILO draws its EDA experiences from, aims at placing employment at the heart of economic and social policies ... consistent with the UN/SDG theme ’leaving no one behind’, ILO’s employment agenda seeks, through the creation of productive employment, to better the lives of people who are either unemployed or underemployed.” She also expressed hope that, through this agreement, the ILO will deliver the EDA and strengthen it’s tripartite partners’ capacity in evidence based policy formulation.

Multidimensional strategies are required to generate the transition of employment of Uganda’s labour force. However, it is important assess how Uganda’s labour market can absorb the rapidly increasing labour force while facilitating improvements in productivity. It is envisaged that the EDA will produce comprehensive analysis and provide workable policy options and strategies to address Uganda’s unemployment challenge through a holistic approach.

The ILO is currently implementing its second Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) for Uganda, with a focus on; improving labour administration and adherence to fundamental rights and labour standards; Promotion of Youth Employment and; improved social security for formal and informal sector workers. For the ILO, promoting full and productive employment by developing integrated employment, development and skills policies that maximize the employment impact of economic growth, investment and development and which are inclusive, gender sensitive, productive and sustainable is essential for achieving it’s Decent Work for all agenda.