Advocating for improved youth employment policies in Uganda

November 9, 2022 | Uganda

PEP researchers present findings and recommendations for enhancing youth employment policies in Uganda at a national policy conference.

November 9, 2022 – A team of local PEP researchers held a national policy conference to share their recommendations for improving youth employment policies in Uganda.

The team brought together 40 decision-makers, policy stakeholders, academics, and representatives of civil society for their event. The key policy stakeholders in attendance were Members of Parliament and the Assistant Commissioner of Youth and Children Affairs at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development.

Professor Edward Bbaale presented the findings and recommendations of the PEP project, which examined youth employment policies in Uganda.

He emphasized the importance of improving the monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning systems for these policies and prioritizing policies that create jobs to address youth unemployment and underemployment. The team also highlighted the need to remove barriers to youth self-employment and to ensure that young people have the skills needed for available employment opportunities in the country.

During the session, the audience was highly engaged and raised many questions, and local legislators Phiona Nyamutooro and Hon. Flavia Rwabuhoro Kabahenda remarked that the research team's findings were timely as the country is currently reviewing the National Development Plan III, existing youth employment policies, and new employment laws.

Four journalists attended the event, including John Odyek from New Vision, sharing the team's results and recommendations with a wider audience of people interested in youth employment issues.

The research team organized the event with financial and advisory support from PEP and the Mastercard Foundation's Young Africa Works initiative.


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