Not involving young people in the budget process is the biggest blow for the economy

Working on a budget amidst pandemic outbreak is clearly a challenging time and there remains a great deal of uncertainty around whether a young people’s needs are captured in the budget, let alone what a future relationship might look like if young people are not considered in the national budget. 

Most analysts, activists predict that the FY 2020/21 whatever its shape, will have a negative impact on the young people, at least over the short term or a long term.

With COVID-19 pandemic rising at the fastest pace and unemployment rates hovering at the highest. These should be the most negative times for young people and rising rents and living expenses means it doesn’t feel so good for many of us

The chances of owning a home, a business seem very slim, high transport and living costs and increasing loss of jobs are leaving young people short-changed. The ministry of Finance failed to address this widening gap today

The government set aside shs2.8 trillion to finance interventions like improvement of yields and productivity through the use of modern inputs, supporting area-based commodity value chains, speeding up titling process and strengthening physical planning for production land, expanding the agricultural insurance, improving post-harvest handling and primary processing through the provision of rural infrastructure, including storage infrastructure and increasing access to long-term finance

This is anticipated to help the over 70% of youth in the agricultural sector who include the 6.5 million that have failed to make a transition from subsistence to large scale commercial agriculture in order to produce for the market and improve their livelihoods while contributing to national growth through taxation, employment creation, foreign exchange earning among other

The budget confirms that young people so desperately need these opportunities but it’s unfortunate most of them are not aware of such, those aware, are not consulted.

From what’s going on in Parliament, young people need to develop national steering committee that will call for ‘an equal’: equality of consultations for all regardless of age, to allow every young person an equal chance air our the views on the budget

The continued neglect young people’s voices in the budget leave gaps and they are surviving on a  day to day business, ICT innovations, youth services are often the first services to be impacted in every situation and Giving ICT little money even after being hit by COVID-19 is the biggest blow for the sector

As a country, we need to ensure youth ideas are well resourced so that the wider youth sector have the funding that needs to ensure that all young people are able to build bright futures

What are young people talking about the Budget.

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Frank Byaruhanga is a human rights activist with years of experience in community dialogues, digital communication, advocacy and digital campaigns. He specializes in Media Relation Work, Management and Training with sufficient knowledge in Governance, Accountability, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Youth-led research, Content developer, Creative Activism, Social Media Management and documentary photography.

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