WHY YOUNG PEOPLE:
Across the globe; there are now more adolescents and young people (aged 10-24) than at any other time in history. Approximately 9 out of 10 people between the ages of 10 and 24 live in less developed countries! Over 1 million people celebrate their 18th birthday every month in developing countries.
By 2050, 1 out of 4 young people in the world will be African. In Uganda, 78% of the population is under 35 accounting for about 20 million people!!!
Despite Youth being the majority; They still face a wide array of development challenges, their concerns common across development contexts are too often overlooked. They are often victims of multiple and interlocked forms of discrimination, frequently involving negative assumptions about age, capability and respect.
YOUTH face significant barriers to their participation in public life, which leads them to be greatly underrepresented in decision-making and development processes; in most places, they represent a disproportionate number of the unemployed; and at a critical time for their individual development, they are severely impacted by a lack of access to quality and affordable public services, such as health and education.
UYONET through its key programme areas, exists to contribute to organizing and building networks among the youth. UYONET carries out programming that can help the youth make a difference on their crucial challenges through focused advocacy efforts while supporting the greater engagement of youth in political and economic decision-making, as well as in other spheres.