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.


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.