|dc.description.abstract||The statistical artifact and analysis concerning poverty among the young people in
Uganda is on a continuous ascendancy. The most affected regions are Northern and
Eastern Uganda. The major causes of poverty in Uganda have been the unending
political instability and civil strife since 1960s when foreign forces or colonialists
intruded the country by use of 'blood and iron' coupled with 'South-North divide'
fuelled by poor political leadership. Thus, the twenty year conflict in Northern Uganda
between the rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and the government of
Uganda has led to increased poverty among the young people, together with
injustice, marginalization and division along political lines and fines of ethnicity.
Corruption is the order of the day. The few groups who occupy political offices have
no compromise with tax payers' money, this is no other than misappropriating the
fund at the expenses of the poor innocent people who go without proper food,
• medical care and shelter as each day unveils. Hence poverty has driven many young
people in Northern Uganda into rebellion, prostitution and begging . Therefore, both
the government and the church must address the issue of poverty with urgency.
Chapter 2 comprises the following principles:
1. God is the source of Christian deliverance and providence; He wants his
children to possess the lives of freedom and abundance.
2. God commands the non poor to care for the needy in terms of food, clothing,
housing and medical care.
3. God advises the poor through his mediators to be righteous and also work for
themselves and avoid laziness
4. God demands respect for humanity especially for poor people and prevalence
of justice in the court room and political arena.
5. Jesus Christ is a merciful, loving and compassionate God who meets both
spiritual and physical needs of those who come to him and he expects his
disciples to emulate his examples by caring for the need of the poor brethren.
6. Jesus warns the wealthy who are so selfish that theirs is the kingdom of
spiritual life imprisonment.
7. Rich Christians must love and care for those in need like the early church who
shared their possessions with the needy, to affirm their faith. Otherwise, their
faith is in vain, minus producing good work. The principles were identified
after studying the scriptural portions in Old Testament that is (Exodus 3:9-10,
Leviticus 9:9-10, Proverb 10:4-5, Amos 2:6-7) and in the New Testament
(Matthew 25:31 -46, Luke 9:10-17, Luke 16:25, Acts 2:42-47, James 14-26)
Chapter 3 encompasses a literature study with a focus on the perspectives of
sociology, economics, psychology and anthropology. There is a multiplicity of causes
of poverty among the young people in Uganda with associated side effects, which
necessitates immediate solution. Therefore, the church should get deeply involved in
alleviating poverty because the government is not doing enough to uphold the status
quo of the youth especially in Northern Uganda.
Chapter 4 gives practical-theoretical understanding of poverty alleviation. It exposes
the real issues and problems on the ground that surely affects the young people of
the Northern Uganda, not to forget to mention the political instability, Marginalization
oppression and injustice, which should be addressed as soon as possible.
Chapter 5 offers some guiding principles on how the government and church in
Uganda at large can get involved in alleviating poverty among the young people, with
obvious emphasis on Northern Uganda.
Chapter 6 harmonizes some concluding principles and recommendations that could
be used to achieve better results on poverty alleviation among the youth in Northern
Uganda by the government, church and well-wishers.||