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Current Projects

Youth To Youth Fund (Y2Y Fund)

The Youth to Youth Fund (Y2Y) is a Uganda Youth Network membership programme and institutional development initiative, implemented by UYONET secretariat. The Programme is designed to respond to the existing challenges of programming, institutional capacity and financial management among the UYONET membership. The programme’s design is based on an open competitive process among the members. The programme is an exclusive preserve for the fully registered and subscribed UYONET members with an annual income of less than UGX 50 million.


The implementation of the Programme is mainstreamed into the existing structures of the beneficiary member organization at their local advocacy levels. The Programme is being funded by UYONET with financial support from Democratic Governance Facility (DGF).

This strategy is prepared to serve as a Guide to the implementers and beneficiaries of the Programme to effectively play their roles and responsibilities at the various stages of the Programme Cycle. The strategy seeks to promote equity, transparency and accountability in the Programme processes, while at the same time ensuring consistency in the implementation of the Programme across the programme beneficiaries.


In the financial year 2016/17 a total of 10 member organizations benefited from the grant to implement their local advocacy initiatives and institutional development. The table below shows Y2Y 2016/17 beneficiaries.


Name of applicant



Bugisu NGO Forum (BUNGOF)



Kagoma Youth Development Network (KAYONET)



Amaro Youth Development Network (AYODEN)



Action for Youth Development (ACOYDE)



Network  of Youth Organizations in Wakiso (NEYOWA)



West Nile Youth Network (WYNET)



TUA Uganda  (TUA)



Agency for Development of Young Farmers Uganda (ADYOFU)



Youth after School Initiative (YASI)






Youth Initiative for Empowerment, Learning and Development (YIELD) is designed to build and strengthen grassroots social economic systems to open up opportunities and promote learning among the youth for meaningful participation and contribute to policy processes.

The project  seeks to enhance capacity of grassroots youth organisations; build a youth development workers professional’s movement in the country, use a supportive policy approach in public policy processes to inform a youth sensitive policy direction as well as, develop functional systems that promote knowledge sharing and learning for economic transformation of communities.

Project Goal and Objectives

The overall goal of this project is to build and strengthen grassroots youth movements that catalyze opening up of opportunities, promote learning and sharing that advances meaningful participation, and voice for economic policy empowerment. Specifically the project aims;

  • To increase capacity of grassroots youth organizations for meaningful participation in economic programs.
  • To build a network of youth development workers as professionals to improve planning, structured engagement for increased youth access to employment opportunities at grassroots, national and regional.
  • To promote meaningful and evidence-based youth participation by creating opportunities for economic empowerment of youth in selected communities through peer to peer knowledge sharing on existing livelihood policies for sustainable development
  • To develop a systems approach to improve information flow, and knowledge sharing within organizations, to inform various intervention processes.

Project Approach: Enhance the institutional and organisational technical capacities of youth organisations through a variety of methodologies that shape youth individual competencies, collective capabilities, assets and relationships. This approach will be able to espouse knowledge generation and youth peer-learning as a cornerstone to economic empowerment.

Project target: UYONET membership, youth groups in communities, youth development workers, government technical departments, civil society leaders as well as policy actors. The project will be implemented in Arua, Gulu, Busia, Kabale, and Kampala

Project Activities:

Conduct an organisational and technical capacity assessment of youth organisations and employment models at the different levels; Develop a simplified design, monitoring, evaluation and learning manual for capacity training; Conduct tailored capacity trainings for youth organisations/ groups; Use of social media to promote information sharing; Form a network of young professionals at national and regional level to champion youth programming and professionalism; Constitute an Economic Advisory  panel of 30 youth in leadership; Develop a systems approach guide for systems approach integration; Support organizations in securing and managing resources; Promote working in partnerships arrangement and Develop and use a data system for programming.

Ni-yetu Youth Program

Ni-Yetu  youth programme is a social empowerment initiative that integrates promotion of SRHR and GBV prevention, Civil Society Organisation strengthening as well as increased fulfilments for adolescent/youth’s SRH and GBV protection rights in five districts of Lira, Alebtong, Tororo, Kamuli and Kampala. 

 The overall goal of Ni-Yetu is to contribute to a healthy youth population, free from violence and empowered in an inclusive civil society that promotes state accountability. This goal will be achieved through four strategic objectives;

  • Reduction in sexual reproductive health related risks and gender based violence among adolescents/youth (girls and boys) aged 13-24.
  • Increased capacities of local social support systems to promote SRH rights and prevent as well as respond to GBV among adolescent/youth (Boys and girls).
  • Increased number and capacity of youth led organizations influencing the space where CSOs operate to become more youth oriented.
  • Youth inclusive CSO working together with the youth to demand for local and state accountability on implementation of national and international human rights instruments that promote SRHR and GBV protection young people.


Target population

Although adolescents/youth 13-24 years old constitute the  primary target population for Ni-Yetu, the programme also targets secondary influencers and duty bearers, including: parents/guardians, local leaders and opinion leaders (including elders and faith based leaders) in the community; professional service providers such as health workers and teachers; policy makers at the various levels of the government structure; and civil society organizations so as to ensure an enabling environment for young people to fulfil their SRHR and GBV protection rights.


Key activities to be implemented by UYONET under the Ni-Yetu Programme

Key activities to be implemented By UYONET under the Ni-Yetu programme in partnership with PLAN Uganda between 2015 – 2016 include;

  • Mapping, capacity assessment and selection of local youth-led/oriented CSOs
  • Training of Local CSOs including the district umbrella youth networks in Participatory advocacy and Civic engagement
  • Carry out targeted quarterly technical support, supervision and mentorships to district local Youth CSOs/Networks
  • Youth participation in public planning and budgeting processes - Annual Youth CSO Budget forums convened by the district umbrella network
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