ARUA. The Aga Khan Development Foundation Network is set to launch a two-and-a-half-year response project to address rising needs as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic in Arua and Kampala areas.

The launch on Friday will however be virtual as links have been created for participants who want to follow the proceedings. This is to observe the standard operating procedures on Covid-19 as set by the ministry of Health.

The project will focus on providing rapid response funds to various local Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to enable them to reach the most vulnerable members of their constituents with support based on emerging needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

While addressing journalists on Tuesday in Arua, the innovations coordinator on the Covid-19 response program Mr Sadat Ntambi said the program will deliver entrepreneurship and life-skills training to 3,000 youth, through providing human centred design workshops, provide flexible grants and mentorship to support young innovators design and test their business ideas.

“We are also looking at employability skills of our youths, can these young people get the skills they need to get employed somewhere or to start up something that can help them to earn a living through this pandemic because we have realised that many businesses have been hit, many people have nothing to do because of the adverse effects of Covid-19”, Ntambi said.

Ntambi said Arua and Kampala were specifically chosen for the project because of their dense population and having many youths who are unemployed yet the spread of the pandemic in the chosen areas remains high.

The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), established by His Highness the Aga Khan in 1967. AKF is a private, not-for-profit international development agency that seeks to provide long-term solutions to society’s problems.

AKF has a special focus on investing in human potential, expanding opportunity, and improving the overall quality of life, especially for women and girls.