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Promoting inclusion in decent work for Ugandan young people

Developing an evidence base and platform for action around how violence in childhood and adolescence affects child labour, participation in skills programmes and employment outcomes in Uganda. 

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This study will use international as well as Ugandan data and combines analysis of existing quantitative data with primary qualitative data collection. 

Who we are

This project is led by LSHTM in collaboration with Makerere University and UCL. It is a part of the Child Protection Research Group.

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Aim of this study

The aim of this project is to develop an evidence base and platform for action around how violence in childhood and adolescence affects child labour, participation in skills programmes and employment outcomes in Uganda. 

This study is a collaboration between LSHTM, UCL and Makerere University, Uganda. 

This study involves: 

  • Undertaking a mapping of existing skills training programmes in Uganda 
  • Exploring how violence in childhood and adolescence relates to child labour and other work outcomes internationally 
  • Exploring experiences of violence among trafficked adolescents in Uganda 
  • Describing associations between prior experience of violence and work outcomes in adolescents in Luwero district (using data from the CoVAC study
  • Conducting a new qualitative study to understand young people's experiences of participation in skills training programmes. 

We also created a network of stakeholders in Uganda to assist in shaping the research questions and developing policy recommendations. This included academics, NGOs in labour, skills or violence prevention sectors, government members and young people. 

Progress

We are coming to the end of the study and are currently finalising our academic papers, as well as our policy briefs and infographics. 

Dissemination activities

We have held four meetings throughout the project with the network members to guide research activities, and discuss findings and implications for policy and interventions. We held the final meeting in February 2022 in Kampala, Uganda. 

We held an open dissemination meeting at Makerere University in March 2022, where we presented project findings and hosted a panel discussion with six network members, including representatives from skills training organisations, government, civil society organisations and youth. Study findings were featured across several Ugandan broadcasting platforms, including NBS, Uganda Radio Network and Chimp Reports, and news articles have been published on Ug Standard and the Makerere University website. 

Working with the Evidence and Methods Lab, we are producing accessible outputs including visual key messages of our findings and an animation summarising the study and key results. We plan to share these with skills training organisations and NGOs in Uganda to further disseminate the findings. 

A paper on the experience of violence, abuse and exploitation among trafficked women and girls in Nigeria and Uganda has been published in BMC Public Health (Paper: violence, abuse and exploitation among trafficked women and girls: a mixed-methods study in Nigeria and Uganda; Kiss et al. 2022). Another paper reporting the prevalence of and risk factors for workplace violence among adolescents in Uganda is currently in press with the American Journal of Public Health (Workplace Violence Against Adolescents, Uganda, 2014–2019; Knight et al., in press). We are finalising drafts of papers with findings from other project components. 

Who We Are
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Principal investigator (LSHTM)

Dr Eddy Walakira

Makerere University
Co-investigator

Dr Ligia Kiss

UCL
Co-investigator

Clare
Tanton

Assistant Professor
Study Manager

Agnes Kyamulabi

Makerere University
Study team

Fred Kasalirwe

Makerere University
Study team

Jodie
Pearlman

Research Assistant