Creating Youth Employment Through Entrepreneurship Financing : The Uganda Youth Venture Capital Fund

This study reports the results of an analysis conducted on the operations of the Uganda Youth Venture Capital Fund. The objectives of the study included: First, profiling the UYVCF beneficiaries as of January 2013, by social economic characteristics (e.g. gender, geographical location, portfolio/amounts and type of business enterprises) to get an overall picture of who is accessing the funds. Second, we assessed the factors influencing youth participation in the youth fund. Thirdly, the study evaluated the operations of the youth fund against the initial design (guidelines and procedures). The rest of the paper is organized as follows, section 2 discusses relevant literature, and the data and methods used in the study are presented in section 3. Section 4 discusses the study findings prior to conclusions and policy recommendations in Section 5.