Finn Church Aid and Youth Empowerment in Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement, Kamwenge District, South Western Uganda.

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Kampala International University
This study analysed the influence of international NGOs and youth empowerment in Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement in Uganda with Finn Church Aid (FCA) as a case. In doing so, the study set out to realize three objectives: to establish the challenges afflicting the refugee youth; what International NGOs are doing to empower the refugee youth; and the strategies for deepening youth empowerment in refugee settlements. In addition, the study was guided by Empowerment Theory by Rappaport (1981).. The sample size consisted of 120 respondents determined through the use of Krejcie and Morgan table of 1970 and data was analyzed at uni-variate, bi-variate and at multivariate level using means, standard deviation and Pearson Linear Correlation Coefficient (PLCC). The study revealed that there is a strong relationship between the studied variables. FCAs good practice has enhanced refugee self-reliance. It has created jobs for the youth by putting the skills acquired from training into gainful employment, 81% of the youth trained are either formally employed or they have started their own businesses. For example, some graduates in agriculture, welding, sandal making, motorcycle repair and hair dressing are employing fellow persons in their businesses. This boosts economic activity and inclusion in the region. On the second objective of the study, the study concluded that majority of the respondents strongly agreed that they are trained in entrepreneurship and business skills, the youth are provided with startup kits on completion of their skilling programs, Graduates are supported to form VSLAs; Schools have been constructed and equipped and Refugees that complete basic education are supported to enroll for higher education and vocational training. However, setting up baby care facilities to support female students with babies is still lacking. Concerning objective three, the study concluded that majority of the respondents strongly agreed that in a bid to deepen refugee empowerment, labour intensive initiatives should be prioritized; opportunities to engage youth in productive activities should be created; vocational training for skills and employability should be prioritized; and deliberate investments have to be made in the higher education of refugee youths. And lastly from the study findings and conclusions, the study recommended that NGOs should undertake studies on refugee youth and improve their programming and interventions in response to the evidence and circumstances prevailing; international NGOs should prioritize work for pay opportunities and facilities for the refugee youths; and international NGOs should undertake joint programming with other relevant actors for holistic and accountable youth empowerment.
A Dissertation Submitted to the College Of Humanities and Social Science as a Procedural Requirement for the Award of Masters in International Relations and Diplomacy of Kampala International University
Finn Church Aid, Youth Empowerment, Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement, Kamwenge District, Uganda