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Germany NGO Sponsors Opposition Youth Conference

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medicine geneva;”>KAS Country Director, Dr. Angelika Klein said the conference will offer a solemn occasion at which young leaders from divergent political ideologies will engage a similarly heterogeneous panel of senior statesmen and stateswomen in discussing Uganda’s future after 50 years of independence.

The conference targets youth leaders from political parties, National Youth Council, parliament, universities and other student associations, civil society as well as the media, academia, development partners, and representatives of civil society organizations.

Dr. Klein also said that the objectives of this conference are to present an occasion for reflection on the 50 years of independence and stocktaking of the contributions, gains and challenges faced by the youth, to discuss the aspirations of young people regarding how their development needs can be addressed, to present a platform at which young political leaders can share their commitments towards contributing and to democratic consolidation and development as key to guaranteeing national hope.

She said that inspired by the need to provide effective channels for improved and meaningful youth participation in Uganda’s political and development processes, the leaders of the youth leagues of seven political parties decided to establish the Inter Party Youth Platform (IYOP).

“These political Parties include Conservative Party (CP), Democratic Party (DP), Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Justice Forum (JEEMA), National Resistance Movement (NRM), People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC),” said Dr. Klein.

Dr. Klein said activities of IYOP are aimed at strengthening leadership capacities for the youth and advancing their influence on the social, political and economic frameworks of Uganda and create forum to network and engage in critical topics of development.

The KAS is a German Political Foundation engaged in the worldwide promotion of democracy, human rights as well as a dialogue on economic and environmental policies.

It has been active in Uganda for over 30 years, undertaking programmes and activities in cooperation with indigenous civil society organizations, government departments, elected leaders and the academia.

“KAS and IYOP recognize the centrality of the youth to development particularly in Uganda where over 78% of the population are young people below the age of 35. Given such statistics, it is of crucial importance that opportunities exist for the youth to maximally and meaningful contribute towards defining the national development direction – be it in politics or in the socioeconomic structures,” said Dr. Klein.

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