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The Youth Livelihood Programme (YLP) is Government of Uganda financed programme designed as one of the interventions of Government in response to the high unemployment rate and poverty among the youth in the country. It covers all the 112 Districts of Uganda (including Kampala Capital City Authority). Cabinet and Parliament approved budget of UShs. 265 Billion (Approx. US$. 100 million) for the first 5 years of implementation 2013-14 to 2017-18. The Programme was launched January 24, 2014.

Objectives of YLP

The Programme Development Objective (PDO) is to empower the target youth to harness their socio-economic potential and increase self-employment opportunities and income levels.

Specific Objectives:

  • To provide youth with marketable vocational skills and tool kits for self-employment and job creation.
  • To provide financial support to enable the youth establish Income Generating Activities (IGAs).
  • To provide the youth with entrepreneurship and life skills as an integral part of  their livelihoods.
  • To provide youth with relevant knowledge and information for attitudinal change (positive mind set change).

Target Beneficiaries of the programme

The Programme targets unemployed and poor youth aged 18-30 years, including the following categories:

  • Drop-outs from schools and training institutions.
  • Youth who have not had the opportunity to attend formal education.
  • Single parent youth.
  • Youth with disability.
  • Youth Living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Youth who have completed secondary school or tertiary institutions (including University) but remain unemployed.

Programme Components

YLP has 3 components:  (i) Skills Development, (ii) Livelihood Support & (iii) Institutional Support.

Skills Development Component (20%)

This supports the development of marketable livelihoods skills that create opportunities for self – employment among the poor and unemployed youth. Investment options include; Masonry, carpentry, metal fabrication, hair dressing, tailoring, leather works, agro-processing, electrical repairs, bakery/cookery, Video-Audio editing, motor mechanics, clay moulding etc. The programme encourages and promotes innovations in non-traditional skills areas such as ICT, Agro-processing among others.

Livelihood Support Component (70%)  

This provides productive assets for viable income generating enterprises chosen by the youth. Investment Options include, Dairy production, high value crops, poultry/egg production, piggery, aquaculture, animal traction, agro-forestry, post-harvest handling, value addition, trade, service sector projects, etc.

Institutional Support (10%)

The Institutional Support Component has two (2) sub-components: Project Implementation Support (PIS): To improve the technical, administrative and managerial capacity of the key implementers of the Project at national, local government and community levels.

Transparency Accountability & Anti-corruption (TAAC): To promote good governance and accountability at all levels of Project Implementation. It is implemented in collaboration with the Inspectorate of Government (IG). More focus is on the preventive measures.

Implementation Arrangements

YLP is mainstreamed into Government structures at the National and Local Government levels. The Local Governments are responsible for mobilization & sensitization, beneficiary selection, facilitating projects preparation, appraisal and approval of projects, monitoring and supervision. Beneficiary selection is conducted through community participatory mechanisms (done in the community).

MGLSD provides the technical guidelines, support capacity building, financing, and overall coordination. YLP support is provided through Youth Interest Groups (YIGs) of 10-15 persons in form of Revolving Funds (Soft Loans-with youth friendly terms). These funds are youth-friendly because:

  • There is no interest for repayments made within the first twelve months;
  • Only 5% per annum surcharge for the repayments made after the initial 12 months;
  • No physical assets/collateral required;
  • Flexible repayment period of 1-3 years depending on the nature of the project;
  • Accessible for both existing and new groups;
  • Formal registration of groups not a pre-condition for access;
  • No administrative fees levied on any application;
  • Promotes active participation of the youth at all stages of implementation through the Youth Council Structures; and
  • The fund size depends on request made by the group ranging from UShs.1-25 million.

PROJECT FUNDS ACCESS GUIDELINES
The  YLP  Support  will  be  accessed  by  Youth  Groups  that  will  have  expressed interest,  passed  the  beneficiary  selection  criteria,  and  generated  viable  projects  that are approved by the District Technical Planning Committee.
How will the Youth Express Interest?
The eligible beneficiaries will:
a)    Obtain a Project Interest Form (PIF) from the Sub-county distributed free of charge by the Sub-county Focal Point Person (CDO/ACDO). It is a one-page  form  which  captures  the  type  of  project  the  Youth  wish  to  undertake, the location of the Youth/proposed Project site, as well as the contact persons for follow up.
b)    Complete  the  PIF  in  duplicate  (one  copy  to  be  submitted  to  the  Sub-county and the other to be retained by the Youth).
c)    Each PIF issued and returned to the Sub-county will be entered in a PIF register, maintained by the Sub-county.
d)    It should be noted that the PIF is not a Project Application Form. It is an indication of the wish of the Youth to participate in the Programme and an invitation to the Sub-county Authorities to follow-up and facilitate the Youth   to   transform   their   Project  Idea   in   to   a   fundable   Project   Proposal/Application.
e)    On  receipt  of  the  PIF  at  the  Sub-county,  the  Sub-county  Selection  Committee,  based  on  the  information  provided  on  the  PIF,  will  get  in  touch  with  the  Local  Council-One  (LCI)  Chairperson  of  the  area  to  mobilize the Youth who are behind the PIF submitted, together with the entire  community  of  the  village  they  reside  in,  for  a  meeting  to  be conducted within that village/community.
 Beneficiary Selection

  1.  The  process  of  beneficiary  selection  will  be  facilitated  by  the  Selection  Committee  comprised  of  the  Sub-county  Chief,  Sub-county  CDO/ACDO,  Sub-county Youth Chairperson and LCI Chairperson of the area.
  2.  Beneficiary   selection   shall   be   done   in   a   community   meeting   in   a   transparent and participatory manner.  This process is expected to take 3-4 hours.
  3. The  process  will  begin  with  sensitization  of  the  entire  community  on  the  Youth  Livelihood  Programme.  Thereafter  the  Selection  Committee  will  announce  the  receipt  of  a  PIF  from 
  4.  Youth  from  that  community  and  ask  them  to  introduce  themselves  to  the  meeting.  At this point the actual selection will have started.

The Selection Committee will then engage the community to confirm the following:

  1. Are all the intended beneficiaries Youth (persons within 18-30 years of age)?  Evidence  may  be  provided  through  birth  certificates,  immunization  cards,  passports,  baptismal  cards,  national  identity  cards or community knowledge of the Youth.
  2. Are all the intended beneficiaries bona fide residents of their area?
  3. Are all the intended beneficiaries un-employed, under-employed or poor?
  4. Are all the intended beneficiaries Ugandan Nationals?
  5.  Does the selection of the Youth to benefit under the Group conform to the cardinal principle of equity in the allocation of resources? The Selection Committee with the help of  the community will ensure that not  more  than  1  Youth  is  selected  from  any  one  household  at  any  one  time,  and  that  priority  is  given  to  the  Youth  who  have  not  benefitted from other similar Programmes in the recent past.
  6. Are  all  the  Youth  of  sound  minds  and  good  character  to  be  trusted  with the funds?
  7. Is  the  number  of  the  Youth  that  have  passed  the  test  (issues  i-v, above),  meet  the  requirement  10-15  members  (with  30%  female  composition)?
  8. If the conditions i-vi above are fulfilled, Selection Committee will then declare the Youth Interest Group (YIG) formed and its membership. 
  9. The  Selection  Committee  will  display  the  list  of  the  members  at  a  public place within the community for at least 2 days.