Uganda youth network, prioritises, training young people as leaders of today.

We  run one of the most successful leadership Academies in Uganda,  The  academy is a multi – faceted and generational change training and mentoring Programme intended to promote more pluralistic, representative and accountable governance which is pro – people and pro – service. The leadership Academy is a non-academic but certified programme with a wide range of practical leadership/ training programme for young people in their diversities.

UYONET Leadership Academy continued to build its reputation as a grooming ground for young Ugandan leaders with four members of the alumni network elected to various positions of leadership following the 2016 elections. One of the students at the leadership academy says: The academy made me realize how much we as individuals have to do to mold ourselves into suitable leaders, it is not enough to think you can make a good leader if you do not understand things like policy, interpersonal communication and how to work with others. 

Another student says: At the academy, I learned that leadership is about influencing others; it is not just about power.  My time at the academy has inspired me to open up leadership corners in 10 schools in Arua (West Nile region) to speak to young people about leadership and self-evaluation and motivation.” 

UYONET , also invests in youth  leaders and  in 2016, trained  129 newly elected Youth Councilors  and  developed a Training Manual on Improving Youth Participation in Governance and Development in Uganda”, the elected councilors were trained on  Political Context and Emerging Issues for Youth participation in Uganda..  As a result of the training, supplemented by the other components of the project such as dialogues, joint policy advocacy the Youth Elected Leaders have been able to do their work differently and have become more pro-active.  Youth Leaders have appreciated their duties and responsibilities, beginning to have a positive attitude towards participation in the district governance and development processes. The district leaders on the other hand are becoming more responsive to issues of youth concern and were; in short time, able to respond to some of the issues raised by the yout

In April, 150 youth leaders supported to engage in district budget process and conduct public expenditure tracking:  As a result of the training and financial support given to the youth leaders in between January to March. 147 (86M, 61F) youth councilors did a research on youth live hood fund implementation and shared their findings with government and held them to account on its implementation. There was also an increase in their participation in district expenditure tracking.

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