Jjuuko Kasiita, the Lwengo District Resident Commissioner indicates that the beneficiaries lack skills to effectively manage the income generating projects. Kasiita explains that some of the groups were created out of excitement and anxiety regardless of their capacity and financial management skills required.
The lack of skills and wrong choices of enterprises are affecting the success of the Youth Livelihood Program-YLP in Lwengo district.
The Youth Livelihood Program implemented under the Ministry of
Gender, Labour and Social Development, is a revolving government initiative
targeting the poor and unemployed youths to improve their social-economic potentials
and income levels.
In Lwengo the program is not progressing at the anticipated pace.
Jjuuko Kasiita, the Lwengo District Resident Commissioner
indicates that the beneficiaries lack skills to effectively manage the income
generating projects. He explains that some of the youth groups were created out
of excitement and anxiety regardless of their capacity and financial management
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Kasiita has also expressed concern by the failure of the Ministry
of Gender to organize adequate capacity building programs of youths prior to
giving them money. He explains that the
beneficiaries are also not guided on the proper enterprise selection.
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Azizi Kazoora, the Malango Sub County youth chairperson has
acknowledged the slow progress of the program
but attributes the challenges of the program to the unpredictable weather changes
and price fluctuations that mainly affect agricultural projects.
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In the 2018/2019 budget framework, Lwengo district was earmarked
to receive 400 million shillings.
Kasiita says that they plan to meet all youth leaders and the beneficiaries
to agree on how to increase the recovery rate which currently stands at 36 percent.