By Fred Kiva
The government will soon revolve youth livelihood funds to districts that have registered 100percent recovery of the disbursed funds, Pius Bigirimana, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development has said.
Bigirimana says the national average recovery rate for funds disbursed to the various youth groups now stands at 75percent, adding that some districts have fully recovered the funds, while some have registered over 90percent recovery.
“For the districts that have paid back fully, we shall revolve the funds to the districts for the benefit of other youth groups,” Bigirimana explains.
Although he doesn’t disclose when the money will be revolved to districts, Bigirimana says that “to date, the Youth Livelihood Programme (YLP) has reached 144,235 youth who have accessed a sum of Ushs85billion through 11,503 groups across the country.”
A statement from the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development indicates that by August this year, 105 youth groups had fully paid back funds disbursed to them.
“YLP would like to acknowledge the 105, as groups that have made 100% recovery of funds advanced to them,”
According to the statement, most of the best performing groups are from the districts of Buhweju, Bushenyi, Ibanda,Kamuli, and Kabarole among others.
The Youth livelihood Program is a five-year government development program that started in 2013, ending in 2018. It targets poor and unemployed youth of 10-15 members to harness their social-economic potential and increase self-employment opportunities and income levels with a budget of Shs265 billion.
The project is meant to support the youth in form of a revolving fund for skills development and income-generating projects. It is managed by the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development, with districts and lower governments as implementers.