About the Applicant (FINASP Uganda) FINASP Uganda is a development and humanitarian organization established in 2010 and legally registered with the national NGO board, and Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URBS) for Non Government organizations and possess the following legal identification references: Reg. Numbers: S.5914/11117 &INDR11117753, File No MIA/NB/2014/02/753 and operations permit No: INDP10570753NB FINASP envisions a sustainably vibrant, innovative and self-reliant community and her mission is to promote sustainable development of the underprivileged through capacity building, research, innovations and other initiatives. In fulfilling her vision and mission, FINASP has over the years implemented a number of programmes and projects under her five key thematic areas of focus (Sustainable livelihoods, Research and Innovations, Social protection, Health and Education). Sustainable livelihoods that encompasses:- Food and Nutrition Security interventions, Skills development for youth and women, Climate change mitigation technologies / programs, as well as Sanitation and hygiene is the niche for FINASP. The programmes and projects that FINASP has implemented with funding from various development partners such as; McKnight foundation, Broederlijk Delen, World Bank through Private sector foundation, Globmed Partnerships -USA, MacArthur foundation through Uganda Fund, Biovision and European union through the international Labour Organization (ILO) has strategically built FINASP capacity in managing vast programs and projects. Background and Introduction to the Project There is significant disparities in poverty levels across regions in Uganda, in rural- urban divide with the highest levels reported in Northern Uganda (44 percent) followed by the Eastern region at 24.5 percent, UNICEF action plan (2016-2020). Vulnerability to poverty is widespread in Uganda: 43 per cent of Uganda’s population live on incomes below twice the poverty line (but below the international poverty line) which is described as ‘insecure non-poor’ and are thus vulnerable to falling back into poverty. 67.4 per cent of the Ugandan population are either in poverty or highly vulnerable to poverty The youth in Uganda under 30 years of age, make up-to 77% of its population and up-to 7,310,386 are 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. Target Group / Beneficiaries / Clients 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. At-least 60% of the targeted 100 youth will be girls / laddies. Objectives of the project The main objective of the project is to develop skills of the youth in-turn enabling them to get employment and jobs so as to reduce unemployment, poverty and vulnerability. Specific Objectives 1. Train 100 youth on bakery, catering and cosmetology in Lango and Teso Sub Regions 2. Establish four (04) savings with purpose groups (SWAPs) 3. Create employment / jobs to at-least 100 youth in Lango and Teso Sub Regions 4. Reduce poverty and vulnerability among the youth in Lango and Teso Sub Regions Project Scope / Skills Development areas & inputs 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. Implementation period and methodology The project will be implemented within a period of one year from January 2019 to December 2019. FINASP will assign two technical officers, one will be in charge the project operations in Soroti and the other will oversee the project operations in Lira; 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 trainings as Trainers of Trainees (ToT) to ensure there is expertise within the local communities. Multidisciplinary training approaches ranging from 1) Mentorship and coaching, 2) Role plays, 3) Buzz groups, 4) Group discussions and experience sharing, 5) Brainstorming, 6) Case studies, 7) Futures wheel / vision journey, 8) Fields / exposure visits, 09) Use of interactive media materials as well as practical demonstrations will be used on a case by case basis. A sound monitoring and evaluation plan will be developed with various tools used to asses the results and impact of the project. Evaluation of the project will be done to asses satisfaction of the clients withe skills they have obtained Project implementation Plan The following key activities tagged to respective timelines will be implemented during this project Inception meetings with various stakeholders – January 2019 Sensitization of various stakeholders including the targeted beneficiaries – January – February 2019 Selection of the beneficiaries – February 2019 Trainings, demonstrations and practice of the skills provided by the selected beneficiaries – March – August 2019 Graduation and award of Business start up kits – August 2018 Business undertaking for jobs and employment – August – December 2019 Monitoring Business performance and Reporting – August – December 2019 Impact assessment and Evaluation - December 2019 Project and partners Visibility Visibility of the various contributors towards this project will be enhanced through various means; Websites, flyres, banners, reports, publications etc. Financial Management 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. Other cross cutting issues that will be addressed through this project 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. Environmental protection will be achieved by encouraging each participant to plant at-least 10 tree seedlings, adopt use of efficient energy stoves in their families as well as be agents of environmental protection by advocating for wetland protection, deforestation anti task-force as well as advocating for adoption of climate SMART Agriculture; Gender equality will be enhanced by encouraging active participation of both women, men and children in all programs; HIV /AIDs protection will as well be stressed to encourage the youth stay safe and protection to the deadly disease. Expected Results / Outputs 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 Financial Requirements 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 Risk Management There are no major risks with this project: selection of non desired beneficiaries will be managed by having a standard prescribed selection criteria; knowledge management will be ensured by Dr. Biruma moses a seasoned knowledge manager, Availability of trainers and quality of skills will be ensured through signed contract agreements.