100,000 JOBLESS YOUTH SHARE SHS58B

By Yasiin Mugerwa
KAMPALA.
The government has compiled a list of best and worst performing districts in the implementation of Shs256b Youth Livelihood Programme, a five-year anti-poverty project launched two years ago.
Information from the Ministry of Gender, the supervising docket shows that while some districts have performed exceptionally well, mainly due to the involvement of local leaders, others are still struggling amid challenges such as embezzlement of youth funds, inadequate funds, natural calamities and conflicts in some groups.

Details from the Ministry Gender shows that since 2014, at least 105,674 jobless youths selected from 112 districts have benefited from Shs58.4b so far released by the Ministry of Finance to the Ministry of Gender.
Two years later, more than 8,000 youth groups from various parts of the country were put to work as a result of YLP and their projects are on course.
“We are trying to fight youth unemployment and poverty within two years of the project, more than 8,000 youth groups have benefited from the Youth Livelihood Programme and some have started refunding the money,” Gender Permanent Secretary Mr Pius Bigirimana said.
According to Mr Bigirimana, the youth groups have so far returned Shs4b at a rate of Shs00m per month, adding that 51 per cent of the youth projects have been rated successful, 34 per cent reported increase earning and 43 per cent had started making savings.
Poor performers
The worst performers are Nakaseke, Lamwo, Kapchorwa, Bukwo, Jinja, Ngora, Pader, Abim, Buikwe, Isingiro, Kalungu, Mayuge, Adjumani, Amuru, Budda and Bilambuli, Butambala and Buvuma Islands.
SOURCE: DAILY MONITOR