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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

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Our research investigates how climate change in Uganda is affecting young lives and youth livelihoods, and how young people are responding. Funded by the British Academy Youth Futures programme. The project runs from March 2020 to December 2021.

With a median age of 15.8, Uganda is demographically the third youngest country in the world. Yet the youth labour under-utilisation rate of 67.9% makes it unlikely that these young people will find decent jobs. Climate change drives livelihoods' precarity with increased flooding and droughts and disrupted seasonality. As agriculture becomes less reliable, rural-urban migration intensifies. Young people have the energy and enthusiasm to develop solutions. Starting from youth experience and agency, this research project investigates how climate change in Uganda is affecting young lives and youth livelihoods in the regions of Karamoja and Jinja.

It seeks to: 

(i) document the diverse lives and livelihood strategies of young people in rural and urban settings; 

(ii) find out how climate change impacts upon young people's lives and livelihoods; and 

(iii) identify youthsolutions to the challenges they face.


Youth insights and interventions

Project partners

The project partners are Makerere University, British Academy Youth Futures Programme, the international youth NGO Restless Development, and the Decent work and youth livelihoods group, University of Cambridge 

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Anna Barford proj

Dr Anna Barford, Prince of Wales Fellow

Anna is a social and economic Geographer. She is currently researching how work and livelihoods intersect with environmental problems and solutions. Her main focus is on informal work in circular systems in lower- and middle-income countries. She also studies how the crises of climate change and COVID-19 intersect with young people’s livelihoods in Uganda, Nepal and Indonesia.