Creating Sustainable Livelihoods for Youth The BRAC Uganda Experience Barbara Mirembe Manager, Training and Material Devel...
Youth Demographic in Uganda <ul><li>35% of Uganda’s population:10-24 years </li></ul><ul><li>48% do not complete primary e...
BRAC Uganda Youth Programs <ul><li>ELA: Empowerment & Livelihoods for Adolescents </li></ul><ul><li>46,000+ young women bo...
Empowering Adolescent Girls through ELA  <ul><ul><ul><li>Safe spaces for gathering and learning </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><u...
Growth of ELA in Uganda <ul><li>Leverages 15 years of experience working with adolescent girls in Bangladesh </li></ul><ul...
Life-cycle of Adolescent Girls in ELA Livelihood Training
Financial Literacy Training <ul><li>Key Components of the training include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Savings </li></ul></ul><...
Livelihood Training <ul><li>Analyze the market, and Understand the needs of Adolescent girls </li></ul><ul><li>Identify ke...
Youth Microfinance <ul><li>Group Loans – duplicates BRAC’s mainstream microfinance approach </li></ul><ul><li>Lower averag...
Impact of the program  <ul><li>High rate of participation in the clubs </li></ul><ul><li>Zero defaults till date (although...
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AMERMS Workshop 22: Sustainable Livelihoods for Youth (PPT by Barbara Mirembe)

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Creating Sustainable Livelihoods for Youth to Prevent Destructive Behaviors
ROOM: Impala/Lake Turkana
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Panelist: Dr. Wahome Gakuru, Director - Marketing, Policy & Advocacy, Equity Bank, Kenya
Panelist: Ms. Barbara Mirembe, Manager, Training & Material Development, BRAC Uganda, Uganda
Panelist: Mr. Hopewell Zheke, Project Manager – STRIVE/OVC, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe

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AMERMS Workshop 22: Sustainable Livelihoods for Youth (PPT by Barbara Mirembe)

  1. 1. Creating Sustainable Livelihoods for Youth The BRAC Uganda Experience Barbara Mirembe Manager, Training and Material Development Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents
  2. 2. Youth Demographic in Uganda <ul><li>35% of Uganda’s population:10-24 years </li></ul><ul><li>48% do not complete primary education </li></ul><ul><li>BRAC Research: Adolescent girls in Uganda are most vulnerable in the region </li></ul>School drop-out 28% Married Adolescents 10% Pregnant (current/past) 12% Sexual Activity (before 15) 33% Sexual Abuse 18% Strong need for Credit, Savings and Livelihood support
  3. 3. BRAC Uganda Youth Programs <ul><li>ELA: Empowerment & Livelihoods for Adolescents </li></ul><ul><li>46,000+ young women borrowers in the mainstream microfinance program </li></ul>
  4. 4. Empowering Adolescent Girls through ELA <ul><ul><ul><li>Safe spaces for gathering and learning </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Community outreach, awareness, facilitation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Life-skill training </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Financial literacy training </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Income-generation skill training </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Microfinance </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Growth of ELA in Uganda <ul><li>Leverages 15 years of experience working with adolescent girls in Bangladesh </li></ul><ul><li>BRAC Uganda ELA Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dec 2007: Pilot launched with support from Nike Foundation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aug 2008: 100 clubs operational - empowering 2500 girls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feb 2010: 500 clubs being run under the program, touching the lives of 15,350+ girls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dec 2010: Targeted to reach more than 21,000 girls </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Life-cycle of Adolescent Girls in ELA Livelihood Training
  7. 7. Financial Literacy Training <ul><li>Key Components of the training include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Savings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Budgeting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial Institutions and services offered </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Negotiating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Income Generation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Basic Accounting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Customer Care </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Financial Literacy training compulsory before girls can receive microloans </li></ul><ul><li>Over time, BRAC plans to train all ELA members in Financial Literacy </li></ul>
  8. 8. Livelihood Training <ul><li>Analyze the market, and Understand the needs of Adolescent girls </li></ul><ul><li>Identify key livelihood opportunities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Agriculture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poultry & Livestock </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hairdressing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tailoring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Catering Services </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Training provided through locally available trainers and mentorship with existing small-business owners </li></ul>
  9. 9. Youth Microfinance <ul><li>Group Loans – duplicates BRAC’s mainstream microfinance approach </li></ul><ul><li>Lower average loan size: $75 (vs. $210) </li></ul><ul><li>Linking Financial literacy, Livelihood training and microfinance loans – holistic approach </li></ul><ul><li>Feb 2010: 800 borrowers have accessed credit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>saloon, grocery shops, food selling, clothes and shoes selling. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dec 2010: Targeted to reach 8,000 borrowers </li></ul>
  10. 10. Impact of the program <ul><li>High rate of participation in the clubs </li></ul><ul><li>Zero defaults till date (although small) </li></ul><ul><li>Randomized evaluation of ELA Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research team in partnership with World Bank and LSE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Baseline: November 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mid-term Assessment in March 2010 and Repeat survey in 2011 </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. THANK YOU

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