How ‘poor youths’ were trapped by Development Channel company


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With Uganda government fighting each fiscal year to reduce on youth unemployment rate through a number of government and donor’s programs, intervention by some private companies have been questioned and doubted.

Some youth are either being trapped directly or indirectly by organization or companies proving to help them – interestingly some selling to them modern gadgets. Others pay for it and wait for years to receive it or not at all!

A brief survey conducted in greater Kampala districts by this online newspaper reveals that – 4 out of 10 youth believe youth livelihood program is good for their development and quickly reducing over dependency.

Six (6) out of 10 said they do not think enterprises listed under YLP is good for them. Some says undertaking metal works or piggery are businesses done by remote people.

Two of the respondents say they use social media (smart phones) to market their grocery and boutique shops respectively – thanks to development channel ‘intervention’.

“I was able to use a smart phone i received from development channel to market my business. Because I wanted to expand it to other areas, I needed more phones from them which I paid – however, to date, I haven’t received it,” a lady who involved herself into development channel dealings told us on condition of anonymity.

“Around November last year, I, like other friends who had paid monies were promised their phones would arrive soon. It became a dream and I felt cheated on learning I was dealing with dubious company,” she added.

Has has DCI transformed youths, Ugandans with their interventions? Why to deal with them may be unfortunate move, etc.

…..comprehensive details, police recent statement, comments by ministries of gender, labour and social development, youth and children affairs, and much more in our imminent full edition.



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