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Local Skills Development for Youth (LSDY)

According to Uganda’s Development Plan for 2015-2016, more than half of the country’s population is unemployed. In the project region alone (approx. 10% of Uganda), we assume there are 435 000 unemployed young people. Particularly in rural Uganda, as in the project region, there is a lack of vocational training courses. The poor employment prospects drive young persons to the cities. Another hindrance to successfully enter the labour market is that around 44% of the population has not completed primary school, and the share is even higher among young women (teenager pregnancies). School dropouts have no access to the formal vocational education and training system.

The Project

In the Local Skills Development for Youth (LSDY) project, unemployed young men and women from the Lake Victoria region, which is particularly affected by poverty, have access to modular, needs-oriented vocational education and training. Thanks to the training, they can earn their livelihood on their own as self-employed persons or employees and significantly improve their situation and that of their families. Furthermore, young entrepreneurs, who have already completed their vocational training courses in the last phase, are supported in professionalising their small businesses. Special focus is given to the access to coaching and financial services.

The project makes use of innovative vocational training approaches, whether through learning methods in a company (based on a dual vocational training) or work in learning groups. Young adults acquire practical and technical skills and are equipped with financial and life skills to take on their journey into professional life.

Project activities

  1. Vocational training: basic and further training courses
    The project primarily focuses on vocational training and practical experience in companies.
  2. Promotion of entrepreneurship
    Apart from technical skills, the project develops the business acumen of the trainees. In advanced courses, young adults learn how to plan their business, analyse customer needs, calculate profits and set prices.
  3. Facilitate financial know-how and access to financial services
    The beneficiaries acquire basic financial literacy, which they can readily apply in savings and lending groups. The project also facilitates access to formal banks, savings and credit cooperatives and new innovative products, such as microleasing, tailored to the needs of young adults and entrepreneurs.
  4. Strengthening social skills and self-competence
    Through its courses, the project develops social skills and self-competence of the youth, who are often caught up in a vicious cycle of poverty and frustration. For example, they learn about health, hygiene, safety and communication.
  5. Networking young people with labour market
    Linkages between prospective employees with potential employers are facilitated through participation at fairs, internships etc.


Expected results

  • 3 500 young people take part in the developed and offered vocational training courses. 65% of them will become self-employed (microenterprises) and 20% find employment.
  • 500 existing young entrepreneurs take part in further training courses for occupational skills upgrading. 90% of them can improve the quality of their products / services offered.

Project files

Project countries

  • Uganda

Project duration

2017 - 2020


  • Happel Foundation
  • SDC

Working area


Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation
Hardturmstrasse 123
CH-8005 Zurich

Tel. +41 44 454 17 17
Fax +41 44 454 17 97
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