The economic cost is not the only one. Young people not in employment, education or training are at higher risk of being socially and politically alienated. They have a lower level of interest and engagement in politics and lower levels of trust. Even in those countries where NEETS are more politically engaged (such as Spain) they do not identify with the main actors.
Uganda as a country has tried a number of measures to prevent young people from becoming NEET and to reintegrate those who are NEETs. The involvement of a range of stakeholders in the design and delivery of youth employment measures is essential. In particular, a strong level of engagement with employers and their representatives is needed for measures that focus on fostering beneficiaries’ employability. Successful policies are innovative. They introduce new ways or reaching out to their target groups, with outreach activities forming an important part of efforts to engage disfranchised young people, while incentives, “branding” and marketing campaigns can be useful in the context of more universal youth employment.
Young People and ‘NEETs’ info graphic
The labor market impacts of unemployment have fallen most heavily on younger people. The unemployment rate for those under thirty is nearly double the average rate. The aim of this project is to investigate the current situation of young people in Uganda, focusing specifically on those who are not in employment, education or training; to understand the economic and social consequences of their disengagement from the labor market and education; and to look at measures for preventing young people from becoming and remaining NEETs.