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A Review of Youth Employment Policies and Their Impact in Uganda

Young people in Uganda are grappling with unemployment, underemployment, and low-quality work due to numerous factors on both the demand and supply sides, as well as ineffective employment policies, initiatives, and programs. This study employs a combination of methods, including desk reviews and qualitative data collected from focus group discussions and key informant interviews, to examine the effectiveness of youth employment policies.

The findings reveal that Uganda has implemented numerous programs and initiatives targeting youth, primarily focusing on job matching, skill development, and providing seed capital. Existing impact evaluation studies suggest that specific programs, such as the Uganda Youth Livelihood Program, the Uganda Women Empowerment Program, and the Presidential Women Skilling Program, have demonstrated positive outcomes in creating employment opportunities for youth and generating income.

PEP is partnering with the Mastercard Foundation for a three-year initiative on “What Works for Youth Employment in Africa.” It aims to provide evidence that can drive policy reform to increase youth employment in ten African countries. 

Read more about the Youth Employment Policies in Africa.

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