Youth Empowerment in Karamoja Project

What is the project about?

The project has empowered youth in Karamoja to identify effective and sustainable interventions, and advance their concerns to local and national leaders. (UNDP Uganda/Matthias Mugisha 2012)

This project seeks to foster linkages between the traditional justice and the local governance system by supporting Karamojong youth to identify effective and sustainable interventions, advance their concerns to local and national leaders and be empowered to lead the sub region into sustained socio-economic development.

It also seeks to create information sharing mechanisms and enhanced coordination on issues of youth among the different governance and administrative institutions within the sub region, (CSOs, traditional, local government and administrative structures). Additionally the project will provide the youth with knowledge and skills and mobilize them to engage in the ongoing development interventions both at the local and national levels.

This shall, in turn, contribute to the enhancement of community security and access to justice in Karamoja. Implementation of the project is being undertaken by Uganda Youth Network (UYONET).


The Youth Empowerment project has trained various youth leaders in the Karamoja districts of Moroto, Kotido and Abim on leaderships skills and how to lobby for better services from both the local and central governments.

The youth were also given materials for economic empowerment, these include oxen and ox ploughs for tilling the land, sewing machines for women's groups.

This is all part of efforts to engage the youth in Karamoja region in the development of their community.

Who finances it?

THe project was funded by UNDP to a tune of  USD 251,218

Project Overview
Start Date:
Estimated End Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Karamoja region
Focus Area:
Democratic Governance
Project Officer:
Sarah Nakku
Government of Uganda, Uganda Youth Network