Uganda

Uganda has one of the fastest-growing populations in the world and is likely to triple by 2050. Uganda recently elevated seven municipalities to city status, thus predicting a surge in the annual rate of urbanisation, currently at 5.7%. The anticipated increase in rural-urban migration is caused by the search for employment and entrepreneurial opportunities. New employment opportunities are likely to be created in the construction, hospitality, agribusiness, and tourism sectorsDespite the great opportunities associated with the population boom, several challenges lie ahead, like income inequality and food insecurity.
 
  
Uganda hosts more than 1.38 million refugees who fled from neighbouring countries due to political instability. This presents several opportunities as well as challenges in terms of labour force integration
, settlement, among others.  

For the 
past 35 years, Uganda has made gains that contributed significantly to economic growth.  Relative political stability, infrastructural development, increased regional trade, and tourist influxes have stimulated growth. However, these gains have not accorded the country its desired status. Presently, Uganda is focussed on reinforcing livelihoods, employment (particularly for youth) and industrial rejuvenation to achieve middle-income status. Just recently, the oil and gas sector became the newest opportunity for Uganda and is envisioned to further contribute to economic growth.
Uganda

Swisscontact in Uganda

  • since 1997

Figures

  • Area: 241,599 km2
  • Population: 35 million
  • Capital: Kampala

Projects

Tanzania, Uganda
Learn, Earn and Save (U-LEARN II)
The U-LEARN II Project seeks to support youth by providing them with tailor-made training opportunities to increase their employment chances and entrepreneurship opportunities.Education significantly influences a person’s life chances in terms of labour market success and general human flourishing. The opportunity to get a decent education is...
Cambodia, Guatemala, Peru, Rwanda, Uganda, Vietnam
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Crédit Suisse - Swisscontact Initiative to promote entrepreneurship and innovation

The initiative serves to represent entrepreneurship and innovation in developing countries and emerging economies. Through skills transfer and cooperation, select private and public partner institutions work to enhance the economic and social significance of entrepreneurship, fostering entrepreneurial thinking and action.The initiative creates...
Bangladesh, Uganda, Cambodia
Trade facilitation
Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation
The initiative aims to design and deliver projects that will help implementing the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), thus making international trade simpler, faster and more cost-effective. By establishing public-private dialogues, the Alliance brings together governments and businesses as equal partners to identify trade reform opportunities that respond directly to business needs.
Uganda
Upskilling and reskilling, Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Inclusive Markets Uganda: Improving Cocoa and Honey Markets in Uganda
Despite steady economic growth over the last 20 years, Uganda remains one of the poorest countries in the world. Currently, 33% of the population lives on less than US$1.90/day and suffers from high unemployment; this affects young people most severely. As Uganda is an agricultural society, support must be provided to the agriculture sector for the...
Malawi, Nepal, Uganda
Sustainable agriculture
Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness Programme
The project aims to involve smallholder farmer businesses sustainably in agricultural value chains, thereby improving their living conditions and economic situation. By building inclusive agricultural systems, smallholder farmers will have improved access to markets, information, and means of production. Additionally, the project emphasizes...

News

Uganda
Upskilling and reskilling
01.04.2021
Realizing the Dream of Owning a Business: The Story of Bernard Wandera, A Beneficiary of The Local Skills Development For Youth Project
Bernard Wandera story's as an entrepreneur mirrors that of many Ugandan youth struggling with unemployment with the only difference being that most of them don’t have the opportunity to accomplish as Bernard has.
Uganda
05.03.2021
Empowering Women Through Skills Development: Martha Kisaka's Story
Lifelong skills development for women has positive outcomes on women’s income and employability. Martha Kisaka from Manafwa district in Uganda has been empowered through skills development.
Uganda
04.03.2021
From hawking clothes to owning a beauty and cosmetic shop while giving back to her peers: An entrepreneur’s journey
Amula Nabirye is a remarkable entrepreneur. At just 25, she owns a beauty shop (known locally as saloon), a cosmetic shop and, on top of this, she is mentoring unemployed youth in Mayuge town - Eastern Uganda with hair dressing skills.
Country Director Uganda
Pavlos Troulis

APPROACH

For over 20 years, Swisscontact has been working in Uganda to improve youth competencies, increase employability, enterprise competitiveness, and promote inclusive social and economic systems. Swisscontact leverages the Inclusive Market (IM) systems approach through partnerships with the public and private sectors. Swisscontact plays a facilitator role in developing and implementing sustainable solutions that address the underlying causes of poverty. 

Swisscontact Uganda has four strategic priorities. These are: 

  1. Agribusiness/agriculture development, with a holistic focus on food systems including food security
  2. Skills development with a focus on the youth
  3. Diversification into trade facilitation, migration, tourism and construction
  4. Advisory/capacity building service

These strategic priorities embody the sustainability criteria of gender equality and social inclusion, financial capability, environmental responsibility, and good governance. 

Over the years, Swisscontact Uganda has reached over 70,000 direct beneficiaries (25,000 women), with over 50,000 (16,000 women) employed/earning an income worth circa CHF 10.7 million.

Services

In Uganda, Swisscontact has over 20 years of experience, with a footprint in over 70 districts. We provide services in project management, enterprise promotion, skills development, financial inclusion, trade facilitation, market linkages, capacity building and advice.

Project Management

Swisscontact has an impressive track record in developing and implementing projects. Our projects take a holistic and systemic view of the issues and the local context in addition to actively promoting private sector engagement, a learning culture, and evidence-based adaptive management. In all Swisscontact projects, we value the people we work with while fostering accountability and transparency.

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development

We provide value chain advice, enterprise development and facilitate the entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Skills Development

We facilitate access to market and demand-led technical and soft skills to address the mismatch of the labour force and the labour market. Through collaboration with private sector employers and other key stakeholders, we design appropriate skills development, skills upgrading and labour market insertion interventions. We offer support to school dropouts and those with limited access to formal skills acquisition and development opportunities.

Financial Inclusion

We develop adaptable financial products to address the bottlenecks that hinder marginalized groups like youth, women, smallholder farmers and startups from accessing financing. Through financial literacy, we seek to increase the knowledge of individuals, so they make sound financial decisions.

Trade Facilitation and Market Linkages

We co-create and facilitate local, regional, and international business partnerships while promoting win-win propositions where roles are delineated, and benefit is mutual for all parties involved. We do this by creating business linkages between market actors, facilitating access to business development services, and providing institutional support to trade organizations, SMEs, and the Government.

Capacity Building and Advisory Services

The essence of inclusive markets development is enabling local stakeholders to take direct ownership of development. We build the capacities of project implementers, researchers, businesses, and the public sector to strengthen competencies for developing and implementing inclusive market development interventions.

Our Partners
Swisscontact Uganda has been successfully working with the partners below to implement projects.

Contact

Swisscontact Uganda

19/20 Off Martyr's Way Ntinda
P.O. Box 21153
Kampala