Youth4Policy is a joint initiative of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Centre for Development Alternatives aimed at empowering the next generation of Ugandan policy experts to meaningfully contribute to policy analysis and public debates.
Youth4Policy serves as capacity development lab for youth leaders from a diverse spectrum of backgrounds such as academia, civil society, and public service with a motivation to research and analyse specific policy questions from a youth perspective.
Youth4Policy Fellows participate in a 6-month training program in the areas of policy analysis, research methodology, strategic communication and public advocacy.
During their fellowship, they undertake independent research on a topic related to their area of expertise while receiving individual mentoring by a senior expert.
By focussing on policy analysis capacity building and facilitating youth to research and develop evidence-based policy positions, the initiative enables young policy experts to constructively engage with relevant stakeholders and move on to strengthen the position of youth as formidable stakeholders in shaping Uganda’s public policy discourse.
Alongside training and mentorship, the program provides similarly motivated young intellectuals with a networking space to engage, exchange and empower each other on issues of public policy and development.
Our goal is contribute is a Uganda where young people are empowered to shape and influence the public policy discourse and decision-making, and where decision-makers uphold policy proposals from youth.
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is a German political foundation that has been active in Uganda for over 30 years in the areas of democracy promotion, human rights and rule of law.
Given the challenges of the young and unconsolidated pluralistic and democratic system, the major objectives of the work of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Uganda are the consolidation of political pluralism and democratic rule of law, strengthening the participation of civil society, and promoting the principles of social market economy. As a crosscutting issue, the empowerment of women and youths receives special attention in all activities. The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung actively works together with local partners such as state institutions and civil society in order to achieve its objectives.
Centre for Development Alternatives
The Centre for Development Alternatives (CDA) is a Kampala-based think-and-do-tank and consultancy that fosters homegrown and locally contextualized ideas for economic, social and political transformation in East Africa.
CDA brings those ideas to life through the design of programs, policies and business models, engagement with decision-makers and influencers, and implementation through partnerships. CDA consultancy services span market systems insights, project design, political economy analysis, monitoring & evaluation, capacity building and dialogue moderation. Its clients and partners have included the World Bank, Adam Smith International, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, International Republican Institute, Ibero Uganda, Uganda Debt Network, Ministry of Gender, Labor & Social Development, Democratic Governance Facility, Restless Development and Plan International.