Improved livelihood prospects for young people
TeamUp is an initiative from the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (German Foundation for World Population), Siemens Stiftung and Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung. The project will support young people in rural regions of East Africa by improving their living conditions.
The program will begin in Uganda, with the goal of developing efficient solutions that are structurally relevant and will have a broad impact. Uganda has one of the world’s youngest and most rapidly growing populations. In 1990, the country’s population was 16.7 million; in 2014 it had climbed to 34.6 million1. Roughly half of the population is younger than 152. To address the complexity of the challenges faced by young people, the initiative plans to apply a holistic approach that integrates economic, social, healthcare, educational, and infrastructural components.
More than 50,000 women and men between the ages of 15 and 30 in five subsections of the Mityana District are to be reached through the pilot program in Uganda. The aim is to reduce migration into urban centers. Roughly 30 percent of young people who live in Mityana migrate due to their proximity to the capital Kampala3.
The primary goal of the initiative is to improve the quality of life of young people by creating job opportunities, increasing incomes, and offering reliable health care that includes family planning. The young people will be empowered to lead healthy, self-determined lives and to play an active role in developmental processes.
In this initiative, the participating partners are for the first time combining their respective strengths and bundling their potential for innovation to increase their impact and reach more people more effectively. The initiative brings together German and Ugandan development partners. It is designed to be a long-term effort that is scalable and open to other partners. TeamUp is financed on a 50-50 basis by the foundations and the German ministry. A total of €6 million has been committed to the pilot project in Uganda for its first three years.
In the Ugandan pilot project, Siemens Stiftung will support the development of an innovative solution for water system maintenance. Only every third household and only 40 percent of schools in Mityana have access to a functioning source of water. The biggest challenge is maintenance. About 62 percent of available sources are non-functional because no management and maintenance structures currently exist.
Siemens Stiftung will also work with the local partners Whave Solutions, Action for Health, and Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung Uganda to improve sanitary and hygienic conditions in schools and to develop improved irrigation methods for smallholder farmers. Further activities that focus on entrepreneurship and income generation for young people will be developed jointly by the partners throughout the program. The foundations are explicitly aiming to create new and innovative approaches. In this work, Siemens Stiftung is drawing on its expertise and network in the areas of technology and social entrepreneurship.
The local implementation partner for water system maintenance is the Ugandan social enterprise Whave Solutions. Whave works to establish structures for public private partnerships (PPP) in collaboration with local government and rural communities. By training young people to become water-system technicians and by setting up local water service providers, the organization will create a solution to provide long-term, reliable access to water in remote regions.
From the beginning, TeamUp will document its results and learnings. The pilot program will also be scientifically evaluated by an external institute.
1 State of Uganda Population Report 2017
2 National Population and Housing Census 2014
3 National Population and Housing Census 2014