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A statement by the Ministry on the impact of YLP shows that beneficiaries under the program have moved from unskilled, unpaid and temporal labour to skilled, paid and permanent occupations.
Minister Janat Mukwaya addressing Journalists.

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The Youth Livelihood Program-YLP has contributed 4 percent to job creations in the country, according to new findings by the Gender, Labor and Social Development Ministry.    

A statement by the Ministry on the impact of YLP shows that beneficiaries under the program have moved from unskilled, unpaid and temporal labour to skilled, paid and permanent occupations.     

The report also indicates that YLP has positively impacted on the economy through enhancing taxes from 24.7% to 29.1%. 

The YLP evaluation report also indicates that more businesses had been registered, access to financial services increased and asset accumulation improved in the last four years. 

While releasing the report Thursday afternoon, Janat Mukwaya, the Gender, Labour and Social Development Minister revealed that YLP has led to a 10% decrease in the prevalence of alcohol consumption among the beneficiaries. 

She also noted that the program had improved access to health and education services among the households of the beneficiaries.

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She, however, noted that some of the districts didn’t perform well due to technical and political interference. 

She observed that some district officials didn’t conceptualize the projects undertaken by the youth while others under costed proposals. 

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YLP was introduced in 2014 to curb unemployment among the youth in Uganda. The program has given out more than UGX 51 billion to different youth groups as revolving funds. 

The study was conducted by independent consultants from the University of California Los Angeles and Makerere University with support from the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation between 2017 and 2019.