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.
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
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.