Through our Zoctu platform, we are implementing a project dubbed “Employment through mobile digital transformation for the youth and women.”
Zoctu Networks has been involved in the process of supporting more than 5 million people access part-time employment on a regular basis to improve their livelihoods in the short term in addition to supporting Small and Medium Enterprises with easy access to affordable part-time staff that they utterly need to survive the aftermath of Covid-19. In the long term, the project will reduce vulnerability of women, number of youth without employment who are currently exposed to undesirable activities like prostitution and crime amongst others. Our activities improve the quality of labor, adoption of modern technology, reduction of the gender digital divide, creation of a genuine transaction environment and expansion of the government’s tax base and revenue.
The Challenge: Uganda’s youth constitutes 75% of the entire population making it one of the youngest populations on the entire globe (World Bank 2019), with majority of these living in urban and semi-urban centers. There is a great imbalance between jobs and the job seekers. The high numbers of graduates pushed into the job market annually (400,000 Acode 2014) and the extensive Rural Urban Migration, coupled with corruption especially in public offices have created an uncertain environment.
Women on the other hand constitute 50.74% of the population and are highly susceptible to unemployment. As per reports, only 13% of women have a formal job (UBOS 2019). This is due to cultural exclusion of women from economic activities and hindrances in the use of digital and technological tools to attain employment.
COVID-19 pandemic has further escalated the already dire situation with labor cuts and the shift to working remotely yet only a handful of them (13% of women) can afford a cheap smart phone (GSMA report 2019).
Sustainable development goals
1. No PovertyEnd poverty in all its forms everywhere. Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality.
By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day
By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions
By 2030, build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters
5. Gender EqualityAchieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.
Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life
Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws
Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women
8. Decent Work and Economic GrowthPromote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs.
Sustain per capita economic growth in accordance with national circumstances and, in particular, at least 7 per cent gross domestic product growth per annum in the least developed countries
Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labour-intensive sectors
Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services
9. Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureBuild resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation. Investments in infrastructure are crucial to achieving sustainable development.
Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all
Enhance scientific research, upgrade the technological capabilities of industrial sectors in all countries, in particular developing countries, including, by 2030, encouraging innovation and substantially increasing the number of research and development workers per 1 million people and public and private research and development spending
Facilitate sustainable and resilient infrastructure development in developing countries through enhanced financial, technological and technical support to African countries, least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States
10. Reduced InequalityReduce inequality within and among countries. To reduce inequalities, policies should be universal in principle, paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations.
By 2030, progressively achieve and sustain income growth of the bottom 40 per cent of the population at a rate higher than the national average
By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status
Encourage official development assistance and financial flows, including foreign direct investment, to States where the need is greatest, in particular least developed countries, African countries, small island developing States and landlocked developing countries, in accordance with their national plans and programmes
11. Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesMake cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. There needs to be a future in which cities provide opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.
By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums
By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons