The Challenge

Uganda has shown great efforts in improving access to education, employment, and social services for its population. However, rural youth, making up more than half of the country’s population, are still lacking behind and face severe challenges in everyday life, with fundamental consequences on their future.

Uganda has one of the youngest and fastest-growing populations in the world. More than 70% are below the age of 30 years. Women give birth to 5.6 children on average. Many of them are rural young people who face challenges to sustain themselves and their families due to structural inequalities. In addition, 84% of Uganda´s population resides in rural areas instead of developed urban cities. Traditional believes and values, high gender inequality and little economic possibilities in the rural environment limit the capabilities of rural youth to finish school, engage in formal employment and unleash their potentials.

Some parents believe that educating their children is a waste of time and resources, sending them into early marriage to gain lifelong security. Also, engaging in sexual relationships or pre-marital pregnancies are associated with embarrassment and disgrace, leading to abandonment and rejection of these young people from the family and community. Consequently, rural youth are strongly dependent on the decisions of their family, unable to have control over their own time, and life.  Often suppressed, undervalued and undermined, life as a young person in rural Uganda is difficult and strongly impacts their future.

Leaving more than half of the population behind by denying rural young people the same access to education, employment, and social services as youth in urban societies not only impedes the sound development of every society, it is also a huge waste of human resources, affecting a country´s social and economic prosperity. Empowering rural youth in Uganda to get access to higher education, health services, and decent work increases their chances to contribute to a diverse and just environment and contributes to inclusive economic growth.

“Empowering rural youth increases their chances to contribute to a diverse and just society and contributes to inclusive economic growth.”

Our Approach

Educational Empowerment

Sending rural youth back to school

At GRM we strongly believe, that educating a rural youth means educating a whole society. If rural youth are able to go to school and receive a good education, they have more chances to compete in life, find paid employment, increase their health and provide a better future for their children. We give educational support and vocational training to rural youth in Uganda.

Economic Empowerment

Creating business opportunities for rural youth

Uganda has been ranked one of the world’s most entrepreneurial countries, an advantage offering much potential for youth to jump in and increase their entrepreneurial activity. We enable rural youth in Uganda to start their businesses and participate in existing markets by giving them access to productive resources and training them in the necessary skills to run their own business. Enhancing the employment possibilities for rural youth in Uganda does not only increase their chances in life but also to Uganda´s economic growth.

Social Empowerment

Uplifting rural youth within society

To create a society of conscious, self-determined, and strong rural youth, they need to be in control of their bodies, time, and life. We conduct sex education campaigns and talk about sexual- and reproductive health, to reduce early pregnancies, maternal mortality, and sexually transmittable diseases such as HIV/Aids. We teach them, the importance of equal rights and opportunities for all and put special attention on gender perspectives throughout all our work, to eliminate gender bias and discrimination and enhance equality on all levels of society