Economic Empowerment of Youth Ex-Inmate in North Uganda A Comparative Case Study

Introduction

North Uganda is still recovering from a two decades-long civil war that ended in 2006. The consequences on infrastructure, education, development and so on will last for a long time. In addition, the country is facing high unemployment among youth and the population keeps growing at a very high rate, to the point that many speak about a “demographic bomb”. While countless people are struggling, a specific category of Ugandan is especially vulnerable to poverty, stigmatization and discrimination: young inmates. With an occupation rate higher than 300%1, Ugandan prisons are among the most crowded in the world. While the government is putting real effort towards rehabilitation, numerous challenges are likely to be faced by ex-inmates once released.

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