According to the 2014 Population and Housing Census, 78 percent of the youth (the population aged 18 to 30 years) were working. Those who were not working were mainly full time students. The non-working population could not be split into the unemployed and the inactive because a population census is not suitable to provide for the split. Currently, it is estimated that over 80% of youth in Uganda have no formal employment. This is partly due to slow economic growth, the small labour market, high population growth rate, the rigid education system, rural-urban migration and limited access to capital. Despite efforts by Government and development partners to support special interest groups, limited and centralized information remains a challenge in addition to fragmentation and overlap of activities and inefficiency of impact. In order to design and make informed policies and decisions, there is a need to collect and process real-time data on youths and other special Interest groups. This will facilitate drawing of conclusions about the youth that fit in the national poverty reduction agenda as well as cause effective coordination of programs to address and ensure sustainability of the needs of special interest groups. Regular up to date information to inform the youth employment strategies at the local government level is currently lacking. The implementation of the Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS) in Katakwi district seeks to fill the information gap in order to inform the youth employment strategies. Therefore, reaching to the youth and gathering information from and by them is key in the realization of this agenda. The data will enable individuals, community leaders, businessmen, and non-profit organisations to plan more effectively with up-to-date real-time data.
Project leader: Johnson Kagugube
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