Karamoja Youth Sidelined in Annual Budgeting Process

The findings are contained in a survey conducted in the five districts of Moroto, Napak, Nakapiripirit, Abim and Kotido early this year.
Emmanuel Lodio, youth councilor in Kotido explaining the plight of youth during the dissemination of research findings by Restless Development.

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Majority of young people have inadequate information on local government planning and budgeting processes. This is according to findings by restless development, an organization championing youth development in parts of Karamoja. 

The report says that the youth are not aware of their related rights and responsibilities in the process.

As a result, the report notes that there is a negative perception of both leaders and young people of Karamoja on each other’s interest in participating in budgeting processes. The report also shows that space, where planning and budgeting processes take place are not inclusive for young people especially those with low literacy levels and disabilities. 

The findings are contained in a survey conducted in the five districts of Moroto, Napak, Nakapiripirit, Abim and Kotido early this year. 

Dubbed “Breaking Young People’s Participation Barriers in Planning and Budgeting Processes”, the report highlights voices of young people aged 18-24.

It focused on four key areas including the young people’s awareness of the planning and budgeting process, accessibility to the planning process, barriers to participation and recommendations for improving young people’s participation. 

Emmanuel Lodio Lopwot, the district male youth councillor in Kotido says there is a communication gap between the local leaders in local governments of the young people. He explains that most of the activities are conducted within offices, without much input and involvement of the young people including their leaders.

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Elijah Lobur Lokoribok, one of the youths in Kotido says some youth are reluctant to attend meetings including the annual budgeting and planning processes over lack of allowances.

“People are poor and the youth are struggling to survive. Sometimes, these meetings called by leaders are not facilitated and people find them irrelevant in putting something on the table at the end of the day”, he told a meeting in Kotido town.

But Richard Wambi, the Deputy CAO of Kotido observes that while some factors like the communication gap exist, some people just ignore information on budget conferences and other meetings meant to empower them.

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Abubakar Lubega, the RDC Napak says the youth lack the spirit of patriotism to engage in planning and budgeting processes. He encouraged the local leaders to put in more effort in involving the youth in planning and budgeting processes. 

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The report recommended local governments to invest in better understanding of how to build inclusive space to discuss annual planning and budgeting with young people. It challenged local governments to hold accountability dialogues as a safe and collaborative space where young people and leaders can connect with each other, among others.