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UYONET BREAKS NEW GROUND WITH SITUATION ROOM DEBATE

UYONET IS IMPLEMETING The Situation Room Debate Series to promote policy oriented and issue-based campaigns. Youth were involved in different activities where they expressed concerns on policies and suggested ideas on how to better the service delivery to the youth.   The Four situation room debates were conducted in Kampala and Kabale respectively. Topical issues that were debated on with the live coverage from NBS television included: Youth unemployment in Uganda (Kampala) held on 15th May 2017, Agriculture as an employment opportunity for the youth (Kabale) held on 26th May 2017 held on, How land rights for women can lead to increased household income (Kampala) held on 12th June 2017 and Understanding of youth representation in Uganda, a case of the national Youth Council (Kampala) held on 26th June 2017.

To know more about the debates visit: https://twitter.com/TheSitRoomUG

GOVERNMENT RESPONDS TO UYONET, REVIEWS YOUTH AND WOMEN GUIDELINES

The government of Uganda is implementing the YLP program and unfortunately over the years; there were no clear cohesion and focus and there the guidelines were not being implemented and also the government was not putting in place the right check mechanisms coupled with poor record keeping by the groups, and there were reports of misuse of funds by the district officials. UYONET has been engaging with government; specifically, with the Ministry of Gender and the youth livelihood fund manager to review guidelines for the Youth Livelihood fund policies so that they can better benefit the youth. After a series of engagements; the government has finally agreed to review the guidelines and also take on some of the key recommendations passed on to them as can be seen from the picture (on the right) but also from the meetings actions we have had with them.

UYONET TRAINS YOUTH LEADERS IN ADVOCACY

Youth in their different capacities were trained in policy development process, planning and advocacy and emphasis was on budget engagement by young people as well as understanding the Local government budget cycle so as to better advocate from an informed point of view. These included newly elected councilors in Koboko, Rukungiri and Hoima district, Youth in UYONET member organizations in Rukungiri and Gulu districts while youth through their District Advocacy networks of Kamuli, Alebtong, Lira, Tororo and Kampala were trained in strategic roles of advocacy networks in impactful budget implementation monitoring. The trained youth leaders in Makindye and Nakawa divisions of Kampala developed and consolidated their divisional advocacy plans against prostitution and drug abuse in Makindye while in Nakawa the advocacy plan was on gambling.

UYONET HOLDS SYMPOSIUM ON DIGITAL MEDIA AND YOUTH PARTICIPATION

Uyonet held a symposium on digital media and youth participation at Grand Global Hotel on the 6th of October 2017.

The symposium attracted many participants including, media personality Solomon Serwanja, Police spokes person Emilian Kayima, Ruth Aine a speaker, blogger and communicator and Kafeero foundation an organization that inspires communities, individuals and economies to grow through innovation.

The engagement was mainly focusing on the different ways in which media can be used to benefit individuals, businesses and organizations.

Social media is used by the majority as a leisure tool.According to the world population, by 2048 Africa will be the continent with the youngest population.Now is the time for us to utilize social media beyond just a leisure tool.

Social media can be used to transform societies and it is also bound to make us grow into leaders.Youth need to embrace social media for their voices to be heard and in-order to stand out.

UYONET DOES MAPPING IN ARUA AND GULU DISTRICTS

Uyonet with support from Oxfam International in Uganda is running a mapping of groups, CBO and farmer associations in Arua and Gulu in preparation for the Ignite change project training.

UYONET URGES YOUTH TO EMBRACE PEACE

‘There is no way to Peace, Peace is the way’, says Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)!   This year’s International Youth Day 2017 theme on “Youth Building Peace presents a unique opportunity for young people to make a statement on how they can be part of the promotion and maintenance of peace and security in the country. The theme re-affirms the recognition of youth as agents of change and critical actors in conflict prevention and sustaining peace.

Young people have been ignored when it comes to addressing issues related to peace and security for their country. Policy approaches regard them as ‘a problem’. Often, male youths in the age group 16-30 have been observed as the main protagonists of criminal and political violence. Youth are viewed as vulnerable, powerless and in need of protection. On the other hand, they are feared as dangerous, violent, apathetic and as threats to security. They are also subjected to stereotypical images of being angry and much of contemporary thinking on youth and conflict tends to be overly negative.

However, it is very important for all Ugandans to underline the agency perspective, and acknowledge the importance of making the connection between youth and peace building for transforming the nation. Youth should be conceptualized and studied as agents of positive peace in terms of addressing not only the challenges of physical violence, but also the challenges of structural and cultural violence, and the broader social change processes to transform violent, oppressive and hierarchical structures. Youth can be brought together for the purpose of peace building, rather than violence.

The involvement of youth in non-violent politics and from a wider perspective, the enablement of their political agency in a more positive and peace-oriented role is likely to depend on how paths are shaped by the political and governance context. It is important to provide youths with training opportunities to take an active part in peace building. With their youthful energy and capabilities, and ability of adaptation to new technological trends, for example, youths could act as mediators, community mobilisers, humanitarian workers and peace brokers.

Lastly, in undertaking all of these objectives it is very important stop referring to youths as the ‘future leaders’. Leadership should not be considered as a factor of age and providing appropriate governance contexts would likely enable young people to flourish as leaders today. In other words, they need to be treated as leaders today without postponing it to an elusive future whether it is in governance in general or peace building programes specifically.

Uganda Youth Network sends sincere wishes of Peace and Good Will to all Ugandans.

We commit to fostering Peace and National unity in all our endeavours.

UYONET Participates in Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting 2017

We are proud to be associated with the 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting being held at the Common Wealth Spoke Resort Munyonyo. We are currently engaged in the 2nd stakeholders meeting on Resourcing and Youth Financing youth development, empowering young people.

The Leadership Academy 4th Cohort

This The Leadership Academy is an initiative for a multi-faceted and generational change leadership training and mentoring programme intended to promote more pluralistic, representative and accountable governance in Uganda. The leadership Academy is a non-academic but certified programme with a wide range of leadership/political training programmes to young people in their diversities. The program will be delivered by a combination of academics, political leaders, civil society actors and persons from the formal and informal sector.

Orientation and self leadership training from 7th July 2017-10th July 2017 at Namugongo Kyoto.

This training was packaged with a set of topics with support from Democratic Governance Facility-DGF and was facilitated by Helena Okiring, Francis Gimara and Norah Bwaya.

Some of the topics that were discussed were;

  1. Transformational leadership
  2. No excuse based model of leadership
  3. Self leadership and the art of self leadership
  4. Personal examination of youth personal leadership
  5. Role of mentorship and journaling in making effective leaders

YBAA Press Statement on 2017-18 Budget

Young people under the Youth Budget Advocacy Alliance (YBAA) on the 28th of June, 2017 issued a press statement at XFM and Bukedde radio.
The discussion mainly focused on issues of the youth and reviewed the national budget with regards to show the gains and loss of the youth in the budget and to encourage them to involve themselves into the planning of all affairs of the state.
All youth fundamental rights were emphasized and all youth are encouraged to stand and speak up. Issues discussed are attached in the statement below

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