Beneficiaries of a EUTF project targeting youth in Kampala train in tailoring skills


Uganda hosts the largest number of refugees in Africa, the majority of which originate from South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia. It does so by implementing refugee policies that are among the most progressive. In northern Uganda, which in 2016 experienced a dramatic increase in the refugee population, we aim to equip refugees with the tools for their future reintegration or eventual return to South Sudan through actions that develop job skills and access to services such as education and water, whilst providing parallel support to their host communities. As many refugees are drawn to urban areas, increasing competition for scarce resources, we also provide economic opportunities to both refugees and host communities in Kampala.

Selected targets*

5 530
Number of people benefiting from professional trainings (TVET) and/or skills development

5 427
Number of people participating in conflict prevention and peace building activities

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NEWS | 12 October 2018

"I want to make something of myself and to take care of my siblings"- Lilian, a 25-year-old apprentice baker from Uganda says

After being out of school for four years, Lilian Yesco was excited when she heard about the skills development programme through which she became a baker apprentice in Arua, the West Nile region of Uganda. “It gives me a chance not only to make something of myself, but also to...

Farida Zawadi in her cooking class
NEWS | 12 October 2018

Ugandan Farida is a cook apprentice with a newly found entrepreneurial outlook on life: "I would like to start my own business"

Hotels in Arua, in the West Nile region of Uganda, have been very busy in the last years, mostly because international and national humanitarian organisations have been setting up offices in this area due to the high influx of refugees from South Sudan. The Heritage Hotel is no different.


NEWS | 17 September 2018

Uganda: Lenia breaks stereotypes in bricklaying training, inspiring both women and men

“When I graduate, the first thing I am going to do is build a house for my parents” says 22 year old Lenia. Working among a group of boys, all dressed in overalls and helmets, she does, at first, not stand out. She is fitting mortar, a mixture of sand...

NEWS | 14 August 2018

Jacob, a refugee from South Sudan living in Uganda, is learning how to tailor for a better future

He is a rare sight – one of only two men sitting at the sewing machine in a class of twenty-two students. The room is quiet, only filled with the clicking sound of the machines. Today the students are making baby dresses and, every now and then, the young man...