The Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Gender, Labour& Social Development designed and started a Programme on Promotion of “Green” Jobs & Fair Labour Market in Uganda in 2016.

The Programme focuses on promotion of safety and healthy at work, improvement in energy and raw materials efficiency, minimisation of waste and industrial pollution and restoration of ecosystems.

๐‘พ๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐‘ฎ๐’“๐’†๐’†๐’ ๐‘ฑ๐’๐’ƒ๐’”?

Jobs are green when they help reduce negative environmental impact and promote safety and health at work ultimately leading to environmentally, economically and socially sustainable enterprises and economies.

๐‘พ๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’„๐’๐’Ž๐’‘๐’๐’๐’†๐’๐’•๐’” ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ฎ๐’“๐’†๐’†๐’ ๐‘ฑ๐’๐’ƒ๐’” ๐‘ท๐’“๐’๐’ˆ๐’“๐’‚๐’Ž๐’Ž๐’†?

1. ๐‘บ๐’–๐’‘๐’‘๐’๐’“๐’• ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ฐ๐’๐’‡๐’๐’“๐’Ž๐’‚๐’ ๐‘บ๐’†๐’„๐’•๐’๐’“ (๐‘ฑ๐’–๐’‚-๐’Œ๐’‚๐’๐’Š๐’”) ๐’ƒ๐’–๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’†๐’”๐’”๐’†๐’”.

This component is about supporting Jua-kalis[the informal sector] through provision of green technologies, business start-ups tool kits, training, certification and accreditation as well as exposure tours within the country and abroad.

2. ๐‘น๐’†๐’—๐’Š๐’•๐’‚๐’๐’Š๐’›๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’๐’‡ ๐’’๐’–๐’‚๐’๐’Š๐’•๐’š ๐’‚๐’‘๐’‘๐’“๐’†๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’„๐’†๐’”๐’‰๐’Š๐’‘ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’—๐’๐’๐’–๐’๐’•๐’†๐’†๐’“๐’Š๐’”๐’Ž ๐’Š๐’ ๐‘ผ๐’ˆ๐’‚๐’๐’…๐’‚.

This component is about workplace based training and volunteerism at workplace as an important step towards job creation and entrepreneurship empowerment. This serves as a bridge between a personโ€™s educational background and the tasks they perform at the workplace.

3. ๐‘ฌ๐’”๐’•๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’๐’Š๐’”๐’‰๐’Ž๐’†๐’๐’• ๐’๐’‡ ๐‘ฐ๐’๐’…๐’–๐’”๐’•๐’“๐’Š๐’‚๐’ ๐‘ฉ๐’–๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’†๐’”๐’” ๐‘บ๐’‰๐’†๐’๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’” ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐‘ช๐’๐’Ž๐’Ž๐’๐’-๐’–๐’”๐’†๐’“ ๐‘ญ๐’‚๐’„๐’Š๐’๐’Š๐’•๐’Š๐’†๐’” ๐’Š๐’ ๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐‘ผ๐’“๐’ƒ๐’‚๐’ ๐‘ช๐’†๐’๐’•๐’“๐’†๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐‘ฒ๐‘ช๐‘ช๐‘จ

This component targets the creation of more job opportunities through improving competitiveness and production in trades like Mechanical, Metal Fabrication and Welding; Electrical; Woodwork and Carpentry.

4. ๐‘ท๐’“๐’๐’Ž๐’๐’•๐’† ๐‘ฎ๐’“๐’†๐’†๐’ ๐‘ฐ๐’๐’„๐’–๐’ƒ๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐‘ช๐’†๐’๐’•๐’“๐’†๐’” ๐’–๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐‘บ๐’๐’๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’‚๐’Š ๐‘ด๐’๐’…๐’†๐’ ๐’Š๐’ ๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐’“๐’†๐’ˆ๐’Š๐’๐’๐’”.

The Songhai Model is an integrated system of development that seeks to reduce poverty, youth unemployment and food insecurity by strengthening the technical and organizational capacities of communities to produce efficiently and sustainably.
We already have a model farm at Kampirigisa in Mpigi and the plan is to have 30 Songhai sites in Uganda.

๐‘พ๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’„๐’๐’—๐’†๐’“๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ฎ๐’“๐’†๐’†๐’ ๐‘ฑ๐’๐’ƒ๐’” ๐‘ท๐’“๐’๐’ˆ๐’“๐’‚๐’Ž๐’Ž๐’†?

This is a national programme that will cover all the districts of the country.

๐‘พ๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’Ž๐’๐’“๐’† ๐’”๐’‰๐’๐’–๐’๐’… ๐‘ผ๐’ˆ๐’‚๐’๐’…๐’‚๐’๐’” ๐’†๐’™๐’‘๐’†๐’„๐’• ๐’‡๐’“๐’๐’Ž ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ฎ๐’“๐’†๐’†๐’ ๐‘ฑ๐’๐’ƒ๐’” ๐‘ท๐’“๐’๐’ˆ๐’“๐’‚๐’Ž๐’Ž๐’†?

i. We expect to establish 10 Industrial Business Shelters with Common User Facilities, focus will be Mechanical, Metal Fabrication and Welding; Plumbing & Construction; Art, Design, Leatherworks, Textile & Tailoring; Agro processing; Woodwork and Carpentry. The shelters will also be equipped with utilities like water, ICT, power, stores, sanitary conveniences, restaurants, workplace health promotion areas.
Each Shelter will house a Workplace Skilling Facility (Centre of Excellence) and Master Craftspersonโ€™s or Experienced Trainers in different trades.

ii. Re-skill 500,000 unemployed persons, support 500,000 Jua-kalis with green technology, business start-up tool kits, exposure tours, training and certification.

iii. Under the support for the informal sector, the Programme will also support 1,000 women and youth groups in green employment intensive works.

๐™Ž๐™ค ๐™›๐™–๐™ง, ๐™ฌ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™๐™–๐™ซ๐™š ๐™—๐™š๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™จ๐™ค๐™ข๐™š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™จ๐™ช๐™˜๐™˜๐™š๐™จ๐™จ๐™š๐™จ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™‚๐™ง๐™š๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™…๐™ค๐™—๐™จ ๐™‹๐™ง๐™ค๐™œ๐™ง๐™–๐™ข๐™ข๐™š?

Under the Programme, we have already supported 1,976 Jua-kalis in greater Kampala with equipment and toolkits while some other 95,000 Jua-kalis across the country have had their needs assessed. We have also supported Seven (7) youth and women groups with innovation grant worth Shs 700m.
We have also established a Green Incubation Centre known as the Songhai Model at Kampirigisa and our next plan is to roll it out to all regions in the country.

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