Economic Empowerment

  • Youth empowerment
  • Women empowerment
  • MTN Skills Academy

Youth empowerment


MTN ACE is a nationwide youth-centered economic empowerment program that impacts the relevant skills and creates opportunities for the youth. They program is designed for fresh graduates, those in and out of school, innovators, entrepreneurs well as tech-driven start-ups.

The programs constitute;

  1. Ace Tech which focuses on upskilling the youth interested in tech-related innovations.
  2. Ace Career which seeks to empower fresh graduates with workplace skills and internship placement.
  3. Ace Skilling which is tailor-made for the youths who are in or out of school to equip them with entrepreneurial skills.

The MTN ACE initiative is an invention of the MTN Uganda Foundation, executed in partnership with; the Ministry of ICT & National Guidance, The National ICT Innovation Hub, Centenary Technology Services, Refactory, MUBS Entrepreneurship Innovation, and Incubation Centre, as well as MTN’s Fintech subsidiary, MTN MoMo Uganda Limited.

Women empowerment

MTN Girls with tools

MTN Girls with Tools is an initiative funded by MTN Uganda Foundation in collaboration with Smart Girls Foundation is a leading youth-led not for profit organization which skills young girls and women in economic and vocational programs.

MTN Foundation supported Smart Girls Foundation in June 2019 during the 21 Days of Y’ello Care and the organization has made strides in training girls in male dominated professions. The Foundation facilitated the setup of a new training facility to train 400 girls annually in mechanical, computer application, Electricity Installation, Welding, Carpentry, Tailoring and house painting skills. This will create 40 new women lead businesses yearly.

Project scope includes a training facility, service bay, washing bay, and renovation of the existing classroom block as well as a computer lab connected on internet.

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MTN Skills Academy

MTN Skills Academy is a training and development programme launched by MTN Uganda aimed at empowering young people with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in today’s digital economy. The programme is designed to provide practical, hands-on training in areas such as digital marketing, data analytics, and software development.

Through the MTN Skills Academy, young people in Uganda can access training programmes and workshops that are tailored to their interests and career aspirations. The programme is focused on providing practical skills and knowledge that can be applied directly in the workplace, helping participants to build successful careers in the digital economy.

One of the key features of the MTN Skills Academy is its partnership with leading educational institutions and technology companies. This enables participants to learn from industry experts and gain exposure to the latest trends and technologies in the field.

MTN Uganda’s Skills Academy is making a significant impact on the lives of young people in the country by providing them with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in today’s digital economy. By empowering young people with the skills needed to thrive in the workplace, the programme is helping to build a brighter future for Uganda.