Youth4Policy Fellowship

Shaping Policy Debates in Uganda and Beyond

The “Youth4Policy” is an initiative of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung to enhance youth participation in governance and policy formulation in Uganda. The fellowship takes on a small number of highly qualified and committed young Ugandans who interact and work together on a regular basis in order to analyse policy issues and develop policy alternatives from the perspective of the young generation. The group members lead by example in the promotion of issue-based and constructive dialogue and debate, adhering to the guiding principles of tolerance and objectivity.

This year's cohort consists of 8 carefully selected and motivated young professionals who are passionate about policy discourses. Visit the Website here.

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26 - 27 June 2019: The second Policy Learning Mission allows the fellows to explore the creation of the National Youth Policy.

25 June 2019: First networking dinner

27 - 30 June 2019: A writing workshop gives the fellows opportunities to collect expert advise on how to formulate policy briefs.

23 - 25 May 2019: The first Policy Learning Mission exposes fellows to the operations of the Local Government in Kabarole, thus helping them to gather input on governmental processes that play an important role in the work assignments of the programme.

25 - 28 April 2019: Our newly selected fellows meet for the inauguration workshop that kicks of the fellowship.



Given its current demographics, Uganda is an extremely young country in international comparison and with the high birth rate in the country the population will continue to grow significantly, and young people will make up a growing percentage of the Ugandan population. This development comes with a number of chances and challenges, and whether the chances will be exploited and the challenges be managed well depends heavily on the willingness and ability of political actors to ensure the successful involvement of the growing number of young people in the process of national development and in decision-making. In order to avert negative developments, future policies have to be designed in a way that they ensure sustainability and inter-generational justice.

Currently, the situation concerning the representation of the youth and the reflection of their interests in political decision-making is far from satisfactory. Despite a lot of promising and encouraging rhetoric - particularly in times of campaigning - the practical involvement of the youth is rather low and the political arena continues to be dominated by older generations. The interests of the younger (and coming) generations are often not adequately reflected in decision-making and in the design of important policies. Many young people are therefore frustrated about politics in the country or simply not interested at all. A large part of the bulge of young adults in the country is lacking perspectives and, for instance, employment opportunities - often despite good education.

At the same time, political debates are often characterised by focus on personalities, party competition, tactical and other considerations, instead of focussing on substantial issues and programmatic alternatives. Many discussions about policy choices are dominated by a purely confrontational, not constructive interaction between political actors. Furthermore, political parties and other groups and organisations in society are widely failing to clearly articulate the interests of the population (particularly the young generation) and to formulate alternative policies.




Verena Kasirye-Büllesbach

Verena Kasirye-Büllesbach

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