The Growth Initiative Award - Uganda (GIA)

The Growth Initiative Award - Uganda (GIA) is a program with a goal of identifying, raising and recognizing young leaders within the ages of 18-39 years in Uganda who are impacting their societies positively. Through the GIA, we have inspired and mobilized over 40,000 young Ugandans who are carrying out various acts of service in addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in all urban areas.


Qualified participants within the age bracket are rewarded after successfully executing acts of service at the different stages of the program. These stages include Basic, Intermediate and Advance Solutions. Projects are supervised by the MABAS team in various urban areas of Uganda as well as regular visitations from MABAS officials.

Winner(s) at the last stage (Advance Solutions) are awarded cash grant and qualify to attend the annual MABAS National Training Program. Some of the sustainable projects executed by these young Ugandans are; The medical outreach carried out in Mukono Municipality within central Uganda, centered on Good health and wellbeing UNSDG 3, 5 community schools received free personal and dental hygiene kits. Over 500 students in 5 schools were impacted.

Community people also benefit from the medical camps that are organized by Municipal Alliance for Better and Smart Cities

A Back to School Campaign organized in Iganga Municipality, Eastern Uganda. This campaign gave young individual’s access to Quality Education, UNSDG 4 as they were taken off the streets and back to school. Also, in tackling the issue of Affordable and Clean Energy UNSDG7, renewable solar energy was set up in 2 rural community schools in Mukono. In Gulu, a sanitization program was carried out in certain communities centered on Clean Water and Sanitation and Hygiene UNSDG 6, people were educated on hygiene and solar borehole was donated to provide clean water. Besides the above said issues tackled, schools in Jinja municipality were engaged in climate action through planting trees in their school compounds and the institutes intensified this action by planting cooperate trees along the roads in the municipal center.