Uganda – a landlocked country in the north of Lake Victoria – has a population of about 32 million and is considered a „Least Developed Country – LDC“ by the United Nations. On a country-wide average, 40 percent of the population live below the poverty-line of one US-Dollar and in the northern regions of Uganda it is even 70 Percent. The GDP per capita reached 450 US$ in 2011 and is therefore around a hundred times smaller than the German GDP (GDP per capita 2011 in Germany: 44.550 US$).
Over the last 20 years, the Teso sub-region has been politically unstable, just like the rest of Northern Uganda. The unrest created an economic gap in development with no chance for an enabling productive environment as people left their productive land behind in order to save their lives.
The problem of un- and underemployment remains one of the major challenges in Uganda, as the unemployment rate among young people is at around 80 Percent.
The project assists young adults in developing and sustaining employment and income opportunities. It applies a bottom-up community-demand driven approach and empowers the people in the region to improve their access to training opportunities as well as markets and other basic social and economic facilities.
In economic sectors with potential growth opportunities, appropriate skills trainings are developed that respond to the needs of the market and the interests of the involved youths.
The linkages with the local private sector and local authorities are crucial for the long term success of the Training Providers (TP). Workers’ and employers’ associations from the informal economy articulate their needs for labour in an institutionalised dialogue with the TPs and actively influence the design and implementation of skills training. According to the needs of the informal sector, entrepreneurship training is an important component in skills development and is continuously integrated into the curricula.
2010 – 2013
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