Contribution of the Youth Livelihood Project in the Fight Against Youth Unemployment in Makindye Division
Nanyonga, Deborah Caroline
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The Youth Livelihood Programme (YLP) of Uganda is a youth empowerment strategy based on the three pillars of skills development, livelihood support and institutional support. The programme targets unemployed youths of the country but questions have been asked as to whether the YLP leads to economic empowerment of the target group. This paper reports on the study that explored the contribution of the YLP in the fight against youth unemployment in Makindye division, Kampala Uganda. Using self-administered questionnaires data was collected from 120 respondents selected randomly from Youth Interest Groups (YIG) in Makindye division. Both descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyse data. The study established that YLP faces a range of implementation problems the study concludes that YLP funds are not fully operationalized, results suggest that funded youth projects have improved status in gender balance and most outstanding challenges facing youth projects are related to continuity and sustainability of employment opportunities created.