Cause in Uganda
Youth unemployment was approximated at 32.2%; ten years after in 2012, youth unemployment was 83%. This rapidly growing trend is a potential time-bomb for Uganda and other developing countries where the youth form 80% of the country’s working population; with Uganda having the youngest population in the world. The high youth unemployment rate, SRHR-HIV/AIDS have incited more talk than tangible and practical solutions from relevant stakeholders. In addition, a blame game has ensued as the youths accuse government of inaction while employers continually brand fresh graduates as unemployable and docile.
Currently Uganda’s population is estimated to be at 34.9 Million people, in the next 5-10 years this population is expected to rise up to 45Million. Of the current population 78% are young people!! This means that Uganda’s young population can either be a blessing or a curse depending on its quality and how positively, productively it is engaged and invested in.
In light of the current status of youth in Uganda and the anticipated trends, YAFU Skills Development Forums are initiatives and attempts to foster not only debate about possible futures for Ugandan youth in finding solutions to unemployment but also an indication of the path the Country could travel in taking into consideration the youth bulge to collectively achieve Uganda’s Vision 2040 and the aspirations of National Development Plan II as well the Sustainable Development Goals...
Youth Advocacy Foundation Uganda works hand in hand with other stakeholders to enable these and other young people to receive necessary information and skills as well a fair representation and consideration during the allocation of resources, policies and programmes.
Holistic peer to peer approaches will bring on assessment targeted at contributing to an effective update on existing development programmes. Especially where we see Government programmes not being visible on grassroots.
Our Philosophy!!: When Youth succeed, Uganda Succeeds!!. Invest in Youth Now.