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Government Urged to Review Youth Livelihood Program Model

Committee chairperson Judith Franca Akello told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that the program needs to be repackaged from being operated as a revolving scheme to a non-refundable capital venture for youth. She says that the program also needs to provide training for the beneficiaries to comprehensively appreciate its significance.

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Government has been urged to reconsider the implementation of the Youth Livelihood Program-YLP.  

The program implemented under the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development is aimed at addressing the challenge of unemployment and poverty among the youth. Over the last five years, the program extended funds to various enterprises initiated and managed by the youths for the last five years.

However, the Parliamentary Local Government Public Accounts Committee has observed that after five years of implementation, the program does not have tangible results to show and that its future remains grim due to its poor implementation model.  

Committee chairperson Judith Franca Akello told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that the program needs to be repackaged from being operated as a revolving scheme to a non-refundable capital venture for youth. She says that the program also needs to provide training for the beneficiaries to comprehensively appreciate its significance.      

//Cue in; “the majority of the groups…  

Cue out; ……livelihood program.”//  

She adds that besides holding beneficiaries’ captive, as they struggle to repay the loans, the program is also abused by technical people who are charged with its implementation and supervision. 

The Committee also took note of the lack of a harmonized plan for recovery of the disbursed funds, which has seen some local governments apply cruel and inhumane methods that have in turn kept the youth on the tenterhooks and eventually frustrated their enterprises. 

In Gomba district, recent reports indicated that the authorities were going for parents and guardians of defaulting or disintegrated youths to coerce them to repay the loans lent out to their children under the program. 

//Cue in: “so far wherever……   

Cue out; ….to benefit Ugandans.”//    

Gomba district YLP Focal Person Morgan Eden Kawalya also indicated that some of the youth enterprise projects were not profitable which made the recovery process tedious and ineffective.   

//Cue in; “some of the groups……  

Cue out …….to recover money.”//  

However, the latest reviews considered by the government reduced the membership of fundable groups to as a low as five people from a minimum of 12. The changes will be effected in the next round of funding starting with the coming financial year.