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Background information about YLP

Youth Livelihood Programme (YLP) is Government of Uganda financed programme designed as one of the interventions of Government in response to the high unemployment rate and poverty among the youth in the country. It covers all the 112 Districts of Uganda (including Kampala Capital City Authority). Cabinet and Parliament approved budget of UShs. 265 Billion (Approx. US$. 100 million) for the first 5 years of implementation 2013-14 to 2017-18. The Programme was launched January 24, 2014.

Objectives of YLP

The Programme Development Objective (PDO) is to empower the target youth to harness their socio-economic potential and increase self-employment opportunities and income levels.

Specific Objectives:

  • To provide youth with marketable vocational skills and tool kits for self-employment and job creation.
  • To provide financial support to enable the youth establish Income Generating Activities (IGAs).
  • To provide the youth with entrepreneurship and life skills as an integral part of  their livelihoods.
  • To provide youth with relevant knowledge and information for attitudinal change (positive mind set change).

Target Beneficiaries of the programme

The Programme targets unemployed and poor youth aged 18-30 years, including the following categories:

  • Drop-outs from schools and training institutions.
  • Youth who have not had the opportunity to attend formal education.
  • Single parent youth.
  • Youth with disability.
  • Youth Living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Youth who have completed secondary school or tertiary institutions (including University) but remain unemployed.

Programme Components

YLP has 3 components:  (i) Skills Development, (ii) Livelihood Support & (iii) Institutional Support.

Skills Development Component (20%)

This supports the development of marketable livelihoods skills that create opportunities for self – employment among the poor and unemployed youth. Investment options include; Masonry, carpentry, metal fabrication, hair dressing, tailoring, leather works, agro-processing, electrical repairs, bakery/cookery, Video-Audio editing, motor mechanics, clay moulding etc. The programme encourages and promotes innovations in non-traditional skills areas such as ICT, Agro-processing among others.

Livelihood Support Component (70%)  

This provides productive assets for viable income generating enterprises chosen by the youth. Investment Options include, Dairy production, high value crops, poultry/egg production, piggery, aquaculture, animal traction, agro-forestry, post-harvest handling, value addition, trade, service sector projects, etc.

Institutional Support (10%)

The Institutional Support Component has two (2) sub-components: Project Implementation Support (PIS): To improve the technical, administrative and managerial capacity of the key implementers of the Project at national, local government and community levels.

 Transparency Accountability & Anti-corruption (TAAC): To promote good governance and accountability at all levels of Project Implementation. It is implemented in collaboration with the Inspectorate of Government (IG). More focus is on the preventive measures.

Implementation Arrangements

YLP is mainstreamed into Government structures at the National and Local Government levels. The Local Governments are responsible for mobilization & sensitization, beneficiary selection, facilitating projects preparation, appraisal and approval of projects, monitoring and supervision. Beneficiary selection is conducted through community participatory mechanisms (done in the community).

MGLSD provides the technical guidelines, support capacity building, financing, and overall coordination. YLP support is provided through Youth Interest Groups (YIGs) of 10-15 persons in form of Revolving Funds (Soft Loans-with youth friendly terms). These funds are youth-friendly because:

  • There is no interest for repayments made within the first twelve months;
  • Only 5% per annum surcharge for the repayments made after the initial 12 months;
  • No physical assets/collateral required;
  • Flexible repayment period of 1-3 years depending on the nature of the project;
  • Accessible for both existing and new groups;
  • Formal registration of groups not a pre-condition for access;
  • No administrative fees levied on any application;
  • Promotes active participation of the youth at all stages of implementation through the Youth Council Structures; and
  • The fund size depends on request made by the group ranging from UShs.1-25 million.