On Friday 13 July 2018, the findings of a new study providing an in-depth perspective on how Uganda and other East African countries can utilise their growing youth populations to drive socio-economic growth will be launched at the Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala, Uganda.
The study, East African Regional Analysis of Youth Demographics, was conducted by the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) in partnership with the University of Southampton, the Uganda National Population Council (NPC) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The study examines the youth populations of four East African countries: Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania, and the implications this population can have on the socio-economic transformation of these countries.
Hon. Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, Uganda Minister of State for Gender, Labour and Social Development (Youth and Children Affairs) will be the chief guest. She will lead other top government officials, development partners working in Uganda and the East African region and various industry stakeholders, in launching the study findings.
AFIDEP’s Dr. Bernard Onyango, will present a summary of the study and its findings at the forum. He will also lead further discussions into the socio-economic implications of the country’s changing youth population, especially in terms of how it influences current and future demand for, and access to, basic and critical services such as schooling, housing, healthcare, and jobs.
The study report provides recommendations to the governments of the four East African countries as well as to the development partners that in the region, on how to improve the socio-economic landscape in the region.