Drawing on qualitative data this study seeks to generate evidence on how urban labour markets actually work through an investigation of young people’s participation in the catering sector of Lira, a large and expanding town in post-conflict northern Uganda. The paper covers (1) how young people access the urban labour market in general and the catering sector in particular; (2) the terms of young people’s participation in the sector; and (3) the effects and meanings of this participation. Access to and participation in the catering sector is compared with two other popular sectors in Lira town – carpentry and hairdressing.
Mallett, R.; Atim, T. Gender, youth and urban labour market participation: evidence from the catering sector in Lira, Northern Uganda. SLRC Working Paper 27. Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium, ODI, London, UK (2014) 47 pp.