WHAT DOES THE SMARTUP FACTORY DO?

Plan International
What is it?

This project emerged from the founding idea that poor and marginalised youth experience the challenges in their community and society first-hand, so they are in a crucial position to identify those challenges and come up with innovative solutions to them. 

Using this approach, Plan International Uganda’s SmartUp Factory builds young people’s work-related skills and capacities in an inspiring youth space. It also engages with the private sector and government to provide youth employment opportunities.

HIGHLIGHTS

The project has a focus on creativity and promotion of innovation, especially from girls and out-of-school youth. It also addresses barriers faced by girls and women, organising sessions on leadership, sexual health rights and inclusion in the world of technology.

Over the past 3 years, the project has supported over 3,500 young people in Kampala, Gulu, Alebtong, Kamuli and Tororo to acquire skills and link them to different opportunities through training, mentorship and networking.