Southern youths shun empowerment fund
Livingstone, March, 19, 2013 , ZANIS….The Ministry of youth and Sports in
Livingstone has expressed worry over the slow response by youths to
access the youth empowerment funds to enable them engage
in gainful enterprises.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS today , Southern Province Youth
Coordinator Vincent Sitali said it was worrying that so far only
25 applications have been received from Livingstone district despite
the massive sensitisation programme carried out by the department.
Mr. Sitali said seven applications received were for grants while 18
were for loans under the youth fund.
He said although some applications have not yet been received from the
Other districts, there were indications that the response from the youths
has not been impressive.
“As a department we worried at the rather poor response from youths to
apply for these funds and we hope that with the help of some districts
volunteer committees that we formed to continue sensitisations we hope
to see an increase in the number of application forms submitted,” said
“In my own opinion I would be happy if we can have least 150
applications approved for the entire province”.
He said the department had planned to conduct the first evaluation
exercise of the application forms on 20 February to facilitate
release of funds to approved projects this month but could not do so
because of the poor response.
“We were supposed to have the first evaluation of the forms on 20th
February but we are still waiting to have at least 30 forms to begin
the evaluation process”, said Mr. Sitali.
Government this year allocated K1.3 Billion (KR1.3 Million) under the
youths empowerment fund for southern province for youths to engage in
projects including tourism, agro processing, primary agriculture, arts
among many others.
He further explained that the department would like to utilize all the
money allocated unlike last year when the province only used about
K500 Million to approved youths projects out of the total allocation
of K1.1 Billion.
He encouraged the youths to apply for the funds to enable them
benefit from the United Nations World Tourism Oranisation General
Assembly (UNWTO) to be co-hosted between Zambia and Zimbabwe in August this year.