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In the last decade, Uganda has overcome enormous obstacles in the form of corrupt leaders such as Idi Amin and Milton Obote; violence in the north of the country by the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), and participation in the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo between 1998 and 2003.

In 2008, increased political and economic stability and the end of major hostilities by the LRA led to IDP camps being dismantled and the assisted return of many families in the North. It has also led to social and economic improvements in other parts of the country.

However, an oversaturation of programming in the northern region has left other areas underserviced, especially the southern and southwestern parts of the country. Youth-focused programming possibilities in these areas include gaps in youth health and youth livelihoods.

Following two assessment visits to Uganda, YCI launched its partnership with the Uganda Youth Network (UYONET) in 2010. YCI’s partnership with UYONET is focused on civic engagement and improving the ability of young people to access information and work on other similar youth leadership issues. In addition, an upcoming election in early 2011 presents opportunities to engage young people in the democratic process, as well as local and national governance issues.

YCI offers CIDA-funded International Youth Internships in Uganda.

HDI:   157/182
Population:   29.9 million
Life Expectancy:   52 years
Infant mortality:   84.5/1,000 births
Youth Literacy Rate:   86%
Adult Literacy Rate:   74.0%
HIV prevalence: (ages 15-49)   5.4%
Population living below the national
poverty line: