Background to our Capacity Building Programs

Statistics indicate that half of the world’s population is under the age of 30 and virtually over 90 percent of the said population are living in the low and middle income countries with the former being the majority. This is particularly in Africa and in many parts of the Middle East.

By the year 2012, countries in Sub-Saharan Africa had the youngest population in the world. According to the world atlas, the majority of the world’s young are living in Sub –Saharan Africa with Niger, Uganda, Chad and Angola being on the top list.

For many emerging economies particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, the booming youth population is not receiving the skills they actually need or ought to receive so as to compete in the contemporary and competitive labor market. This is evidenced in countries such as Uganda, where the youth unemployment rate is over 83 percent.

The above demographic divide though can be a fundamental asset for developing economies if this challenge is positively exploited. However, if such disproportions are not properly handled, they could pose a major existential challenge to the world. This is evidenced in countries such as Nigeria, Somalia, Libya, Central African Republic, South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo where many young people have found themselves persuaded to join armed groups so as to survive.

If the above trend continues, then the continent risks having unprecedented upsurge in armed groups and insurgencies with the insurgents taking advantage of the youth desperate situations.

So as to address this challenge, many education systems and programs around the globe have enhanced and developed fundamental strategies to equip young people with the training and all skills necessary for work with some achieving success as it is the case with the Gulf nation of Qatar having the least unemployment rate at 0.10%. It is for this reason that ANZA Uganda has identified and is implementing numerous programs aimed at addressing the above underlying challenge.