The Northern Uganda Youth Development Centre (NUYDC) is a Government of Uganda Project located in Gulu district, currently supported with £500,000 of start-up funding from the Commonwealth Secretariat.
The goal of the project is to contribute to the rebuilding of Northern Uganda in partnership with youth through decent employment and positive living. The project will initially target young people aged 15-25 years in Gulu District and will subsequently expand to cover the Acholi sub-region.
The project is designed to address the challenges resulting from the decades-long conflict in Gulu district and Northern Uganda as a whole. The conflict has affected the youth in many ways. Young people in the region have missed the opportunity of a formal education, the poverty level is very high and most youth are unemployed. Many have been traumatised by their experiences.
The youth that participate in some form of agricultural production lack the knowledge, skills or inputs to produce for the market; many livelihoods skills and opportunities have been lost due to prolonged internal displacement.