We were thrilled to be invited by Uganda youth and adolescents health forum in partnership with Ministry of Gender for evelution of the National youth policy 2016 at Fairway Hotel
the population of youth in Uganda has risen over time. Available data shows that an increasing number of youths have been affected by the Covid 19 pandemic, many were put out of employment and their enterprises and livelihoods affected, this in turn has left many youths redundant. Covid 19 pandemic exposed many girls to teenage pregnancy, brought to light many ills of society and exposed youth to new challenges. This population needs a National Action Plan to guide the implementation of initiatives targeting this vulnerable population. Youth are heterogeneous with diverse needs that require a plan to guide programme implementation. The many actors and interventions in the sector need proper coordination mechanisms and strategies. The Uganda National Youth Action Plan (NYAP) provided the framework and practical guidelines for relevant stakeholders to improve the youth situation by fostering conditions and mechanisms to improve the well-being and livelihoods of youth in Uganda. The NYAP covered a 5-year period. The Plan is to be evaluated after 5 years as part of the process of formulating its successor plan. The Government of Uganda adopted a National Youth Policy (NYP) for the first time in 2001. The drafting of the Policy was led by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development in consultation with youth-focused agencies.
youth leaders and young people themselves. The purpose of the Policy was to guide and coordinate youth programming across the government in acknowledgement of the growing youth population and the challenges young people were facing. The ultimate aim was to improve the lives of youth across the country. The National Youth Policy 2001 was reviewed to keep abreast with Version 1.0 08/21 the ever changing youth needs. The Uganda National Youth Policy 2016 is therefore responsive to the multitude of needs of the young people and is cognizant of their heterogeneous nature. To operationalize the Policy, Uganda National Youth Action Plan (NYAP) was developed. The NYAP with its action plan provided the framework and practical guidelines for relevant stakeholders to improve the youth situation by fostering conditions and mechanisms to improve the well-being and livelihoods of youth in Uganda. It included provisions for new programming where there were gaps but also sought to strengthen the implementation of the many youth-focused Programme already initiated and the coordination between them. The NYAP focused on measures to strengthen national capacity in relation to youth programming and increase the quality and quantity of opportunities to enable full and gainful youth participation in national development. The NYAP provided detailed implementation process of the NYP in order to define more precisely the main strategies and action areas that should be pursued to achieve the Strategic Objectives set out in the Uganda NYP. The NYAP covered a 5-year period and incorporated a logical framework that contained the actions and indicators by which its implementation would be monitored. The Plan was to be evaluated after 5 years as part of the process of formulating its successor plan.
Objectives of the activity were to
- Discuss the findings of the evaluation of the national youth policy 2016
- Discuss and approve areas\topics for inclusion in the Annual state of the Youth report
- Recommend issues to carry forward to the next NAP.