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Paul Onapa, the National Programme Manager Youth Livelihood Programme (YLP) in the Gender, Labour and Social Development Ministry, says the size of the youth group has also been cut down from 15 members to a minimum of five, with at least two being females.
Paul Onapa The National Programme Manager Youth Livelihood Programme

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Funding for Youth Livelihood Programme will no longer go through the local government accounts to beneficiary groups, according to new changes in its implementation.   

The funds will now go directly from the Gender, Labour and Social Development Ministry to the accounts of the beneficiary groups to eliminate delays in disbursement of funds and implementation.   

  

Previously, funds were channeled through the district accounts to the beneficiaries with the Chairperson of the group, the district Sub Accountant and the sub county chief as signatories.  

Under the new changes, districts will only concentrate on preparing the beneficiaries for funding through training and signing repayment schedules with them.       

 

Paul Onapa, the National Programme Manager Youth Livelihood Programme (YLP) in the Gender, Labour and Social Development Ministry, says the size of the youth group has also been cut down from 15 members to a minimum of five, with at least two being females.     

 

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Onapa says the members’ catchment area has also been increased from a village to parish as opposed to the former arrangement, which required all members to be from the same village. 

He says the group members are allowed to subdivide the enterprise among members to escape natural calamities and ease management.      

 

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Onapa says the changes already approved for implementation by the Cabinet were introduced after nationwide consultation with the youth.  “We have also prioritized value addition, enterprises in the pharmaceutical raw materials sub-sector, construction sector, extraction of plant and animal oils, wheat and technology among others,” he said.   

According to Onapa, government has also integrated investment in Music and creative industries among the priority enterprises to be funded under the Programme. Districts are now under instructions to ring-fence 30 percent of public procurement at the local government levels for the youth engaged in services such as catering for supplying meals for council meetings and other youth ventures.     

In an interview with URN, Onapa said innovative projects with high impact for job creations will be refinanced with Shillings 25 Million.     

 

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Under the new guidelines, districts will use 20 percent, up from 10 percent of the total district Youth Livelihood Fund allocation to undertake operational activities such as identification of the youth group, training, monitoring and recovery of funds.  

Hajjat Janat Mukwaya, the Gender, Labour and Social Development Ministry, says in a newsletter that the Programme is a flagship government Programme designed in response to the high unemployment and poverty levels among youth in the country.  

Since implementation of the Programme started in 2013, government has recovered Shillings 33.9 Billion out of the Shillings 64 Billion it disbursed to different youth groups with 274 groups completing full refunds.