What are the Benefits and Comparative Advantages of the Group Model in Improving Youth Economic Opportunities
Young people in northern Uganda face a myriad of challenges as they seek to improve their livelihoods within the agriculture sector. One approach to addressing these challenges is the group model adopted by the Youth Empowerment through Agriculture (YETA) project, where young people are encouraged to form youth associations, to make the provision of training easier and to allow participants to tap into the social capital and risk-mitigating benefits of voluntary collaboration. This research brief looks at the benefits and comparative advantages of the group model for YETA participants in northern Uganda as well as the possible challenges associated with youth associations. It also details the lessons learned so that these can be shared with other programs and help scale up successful youth associations and youth employment programs.