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Low Recovery of Funds Affecting YLP Projects in Lira City

Tony Atim, the chairperson Akwoyo Youth Catering Services and Events Management which received Shillings 10.4 million, says the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted their business forcing them to stop recovering the funds.
Youth groups in Lira city are struggling to pay back the money disbursed to them under the Youth Livelihood Program-YLP. 

YLP is a nationwide government intervention intended to improve the socioeconomic status of vulnerable youth aged 18-30 years by equipping them with skills and start-up capital to improve their quality of life.

Between 2018 to 2021, 69 youth groups comprising 811 beneficiaries in Lira city recieved Shillings 712,340,500. However, only Shillings 218,203,000 has been recovered. Many of the beneficiaries invested in activities like poultry, produce buying and selling, piggery, catering services ad events Management among others.

The low recovery is attributed to the misappropriation of the funds, the COVID-19 induced lockdown, relocation of group members to other districts and deliberate refusal by some youths including leaders to refund the money.

Tony Atim, the chairperson Akwoyo Youth Catering Services and Events Management which received Shillings 10.4 million, says the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted their business forcing them to stop recovering the funds. He, however, says that they are trying their best to pay back the remaining balance and increase their income.

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Patrick Chris Opio, the chairperson of Kulu Ahali Youth Catering and Events Management, says that they have parked their catering equipment and event systems due to lack of money. Adding that the group has lost the rented office space because they failed to pay rent.

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Tom Richard Okello, the Coordinator of Youth Livelihood Projects in Lira City says during the lockdown, only 5% of all youth groups were able to recover the money due to restrictions. According to him, some groups might not pay at all because some members have joined the army, while others shifted to other districts.

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The Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development has embarked on regular stakeholders’ sensitization and media programs to mobilize youth to recover the funds.

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