Eastern Uganda Youth Debate Forum

The 2016 regional youth debates builds on the findings of the 2015 youth debates that highlighted ineffective engagement within organisations among the key constraints to meaningful political participation among Ugandan youth.


This debate aims to steer conversations that will:

(i)Foster appreciation and motivate young people to engage actively in youth organizations

(ii)Generate cross-cutting recommendations on building cooperation and effectiveness among organization working with youth in democratic governance.

The above focus draws on points from the successor debate round where is was emphasized that besides young people not being active in organizations, existing youth agencies operate under the dynamics of competition as opposed to cooperation. Competition within and between organizations hinders the ability of agents within these organizations from focusing on a common set of goals, undermines their organization capability, and subsequently inhibits their capacity to exploit the youth demographic advantage to influence decision making processes to respond to youth interests.

Thus, the proposed youth debate forum in Jinja will seek to foster interdependence among youth organizations and ultimately strengthen representation of youth interests in the political and governance processes. The debates will be organized by University Forum on Governance (UNIFOG) in cooperation with the Konrad-Adenaur-Stiftung (KAS) Foundation.

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Civil Service Staff College Conference Centre, Jinja


CO-OPERATION FOR POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT: Fostering Constructive Youth Political Engagement through Organisations
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Donnas Ojok

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Programme Officer

Donnas.Ojok@kas.de +256 312 262 011/2