Our Focus

Why focus on youth?

According to statistics from the State of Uganda Population Report 2016, Uganda has the world’s youngest population with over 78% of it below the age of 30. In addition 83% of young people have no formal employment, and therefore find hardship in having a comfortable life. As has been the situation since Uganda’s independence in 1962, frustration of the youth can contribute to militancy and risk taking since they can be easily exploited by people with sinister motives.

Through the concept of conflict transformation we counter youth radicalization with empowerment giving the youth a second option of nonviolence while addressing the root cause of the problems that affect their communities.

What group of youth is Uganda Unites focusing on?

  • 14 – 18 years; these are high school students that we engage through the Future Leaders conference, Peace clubs and Champions for Change programs.
  • 19 – 23 years; these are university students and young adults that have dropped out of school at high school level that we engage through the Future Leaders Conference, Peace Clubs, Regional Resource Centres and Job and Entrepreneurship Fairs.
  • 24 – 35 years; the youth in this age bracket are engaged through Regional Resource Centres and Regional Job and Entrepreneurship Fairs.

What issues is Uganda Unites trying to address?

  • Conflict
  • Tribal engagement/Social inequalities
  • Unemployment
  • Early Pregnancy/ HIV/AIDS

Why is Uganda Unites addressing these issues?

  • Unemployment
    1. When people have nothing they have nothing to lose hence are easily susceptible to recruitment in conflict and extremism
    2. This cause frustration, desperation and hopelessness and easily engage in conflict as the solution
  • Tribal Engagement/Social Inequalities
    1. The population is ignorant about the underlying tribal disputes and social divides
    2. Uganda needs to celebrate its cultural diversity without advancing sectarianism, breaking down negative stereotypes and prejudices.
    3. Promote the Inclusion of all tribes and social classes in the growth and access to services in the country
  • Early Pregnancy/HIV/AIDS
    1. Early pregnancy leads to school dropout, which leads to no skills, unemployable and a vicious cycle of poverty, frustration and easy engagement in violence as a solution.
    2. HIV/AIDS leads to hopelessness and poverty in some instances that

How is Uganda Unites addressing these issues?

  • Unemployment
    1. To establish resource centres in every region which will provide a safe space for youth of every religion, tribe and class to use the various resources and opportunities for education, vocational and leadership training, sports and recreation, value chain linkage.
    2. Annual regional job and entrepreneurship fairs
  • Tribal Engagement/Social Inequalities
    1. Conduct annual conferences that bring together youth from every background from across Uganda in a safe environment for the purposes of breaking down negative stereotypes, increasing mutual understanding of different cultural and religious backgrounds, instilling hope and inspiration in young people, identifying and developing potential leaders. These gatherings will include various sporting pursuits and cultural activities such as drama, music, debates and dance. Additionally, they will include speeches from and interaction with well-known local and international role models as well as in-depth discussions and interactive learning.
    2. Inspire youth to start peace clubs in schools which will provide a safe space for youth of every religion, tribe and class to share their experiences and break negative stereotypes and prejudices they experience in school because of either their tribe, religion or social class.
    3. One of the objectives of the peace clubs mentorship program is to inspire the youth to want to be actively involved in their communities and equip them with skills to identify social issues within their communities. Through connections made at the conference the youth will be able to work together in partnership with peace clubs from other regions to find a solution to the issues. The program will bring nationals of different ethnicities, religions, and political affiliations together to work towards creating a positive change in their community; this is one of the 1st steps in bridging the gap between ethnic/tribal groups, religions and social classes.
    4. Youth leaders from the future leaders’ conference will go on a nationwide peace caravan to schools talking to youth about their experiences at the conference, what they have come to learn about the different ethnicities and how they can work together towards promoting peace. The caravan is aimed at breaking stereotypes about different ethnicities to create cohesion and unity for lasting peace and development. This is in addition to inspiring the youth to become actively involved in peace club activities.
  • Early Pregnancy/HIV/AIDS
    1. Raise awareness about the danger and effects of early pregnancy.
    2. Partnerships with NGOs involved in Youth Sexual Reproductive Health
    3. Sex education in Schools