The role of non-governmental organizations (NGOS) in youth empowerment in Uganda: case study of Plan International, Majanji sub-county Busia district, Uganda.

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Kampala International University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The study examined on the role of NGOs in youth empowerment in Uganda. Busia District, Majanji Sub County. The primary objective of the study was to assess the contribution of NGOs to youth empowerment using a case of plan international Uganda. The secondary objectives were: to evaluate the projects and contributions of plan international Uganda Busia branch in the socio-economic development and to examine the challenges youths face in accessing the services of plan international Uganda and their solutions. The study also looked into the history of non-governmental organizations (NOOs) in Busia District. The theory that was used to guide the study was the empowerment theory. The sample size was 109 respondents who were chosen from several groups including community development officers. Managers of Plan international the youth the elders and the local leaders. Data collection methods used in the study inc1uded interviews, observation, group discussions and questionnaires. The analysis of data ~as done with the help of SPSS computed program. Data were presented and analyzed on the contributions of NGOs to youth empowerment and these contributions included; asset creation, Pre-employment competencies, Youth engagement and leadership, focus on adolescent girls among others. The study found out that the contributions of plan international in the socio-economic development of youths in the Sub County included Education. Agriculture, Business, and Housing. Challenges youths faced while accessing empowerment programmes and services also included; Poor roads, Poor Community responsiveness, some of the local leaders in the sub-county sabotaged the NGO’s programs and inadequate funds. Among the recommendations made is that Plan International and other NODs should expansion their programmes and services to cover a bigger number of women and youths in the sub county.
A thesis submitted to the College of Humanities and Social sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the award of a Bachelor’s degree of Development Studies of Kampala International University
Non-governmental Organizations, Youth empowerment, Busia district