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NGO: Facilitation for Innovations and Sustainable Productivity (FINASP UGANDA)

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Skills for Youth Employment in Uganda

This project is will benefit the youth in Uganda who make up-to 77% of its population and are under 30 years of age, and up-to 7,310,386 are youth within the ages of 15–24 years. Unemployment rate for young people ages 15–24 is 83%. This rate is even higher for those who have formal degrees and live in the urban areas, this is due to the disconnect between the degrees achieved and the vocational skills needed for the jobs that are in demand for workers. Youth unemployment poses a serious political, economic, and social challenge to the country and its leadership. The cycle is making it increasingly difficult for Uganda to break out of poverty. Young women also more often have to stay at home in a maternal role from a very young age, which limits their ability to work. Informal sector work accounts for the majority of young workers in Uganda. 3.2% of youth work for waged employment, 90.9% work for informal employment, and 5.8% of the Ugandan youth are self-employed. The project targets 100 youth who will be trained on various specialized skills to enable them get employment (self or informal) and achieve economic Development; Youth aged 15 - 25 years who have dropped out of school because of economic Challenges / problems will be targeted. They will be group into 25 members per group hence 4 groups formed. The main objective of the project is to develop skills of the youth so as to enable them get employment and jobs that make them live in dignity. The project will target three specialized skills areas; 1. Cosmetology, 2. Catering and 3. Bakery; clients / beneficiaries will be trained on different things under each skill area: - Cosmetology (Making jellies, ointments, bar soap as well as Liquid soap among others), Bakery (Making Loafs, fries, pizza, Chaps, Doughnuts, biscuits, cookies, cakes (Pan cakes, Wedding Cakes, African traditional Cakes) and catering (Cooking different foods and making enormous drinks (Local foods, fast foods / snacks, juices -Banana Juice, Hibiscus Juice, Amarula Juice etc and other products such as Hibiscus Teas and splash). The trained participants will be given start up kits at the end of the training to enable them start various business inline with the skills they have got. To enable the youth develop a saving and investment culture, they will be trained on savings with a purpose (SWAP) and will be given SWAP tool kits; this savings will help the members to keep in-touch with each other from time to time; Within the savings, there is provision for loaning that will help the members meet basic financial needs as they will be able to quickly get acces to credit without any major restrictions; welfare fund provisions will also be considered as a component of the saving and loan scheme to enable members support one another especially when they are in need. The project will be implemented within a period of one year from January 2019 to December 2019; A sound monitoring and evaluation plan will be developed with various tools used to asses the results and impact of the project. Visibility of the various contributors towards this project will be enhanced through various means; Websites, flyres, banners, reports, publications etc. Specialized trainers with the desired skills and competencies will be engaged to conduct these trainings; To ensure sustainability, a section of trainees with quite high level of understanding and skills will get additional training as Trainers of Trainees (ToT) to ensure there is expertise within the local communities. Financial management will be ensured by engaging a seasoned accountant to oversee the project funds and will ensure compliance with the FINASP financial policies, the government of Uganda regulations on Financial management and above all the donor conditions for utilization of funds, accountability and reporting; under all circumstance FINASP value of transparency and accountability will be observed, the fraud policies will be respected and impact orientation will drive the entire project undertakings. Cross cutting issues especially: Environmental protection (Green growth), gender equity as well as HIV / AIDs prevention will be observed and critically considered throughout the implementation of this project. It is expected that this project will achieve the following results; 1- Create jobs and employment for the youth 2- Improve the saving and investment culture of the youth in Lango and Teso 3- Reduce poverty and vulnerability of the youth hence improving their living standards 45,000USD is needed to implement this project, 5000USD will be locally mobilized by FINASP and a financial support of 40,000USD is being sought for / requested from various sources that may feel convicted to change a life of a poor young in Uganda.


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