Mastercard Foundation

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The Mastercard Foundation seeks a world where everyone has the opportunity to learn and prosper. All people, no matter where their starting point in life, should have an equal chance to succeed. We believe that with access to education, financial services, and skills training, people can have that chance. Our focus is helping economically disadvantaged young people in Africa to find opportunities to move themselves, their families, and their communities out of poverty to a better life. Young Africa Works, the Foundation’s strategy for the next decade, reflects our optimism for Africa’s future. It builds on our experience in financial inclusion and education and training, using youth employment as an indicator of our progress in improving lives.

Primary Functions

  • Funding
  • Networking/Convening

Secondary Functions

Not applicable or unknown

Geographic Scope

  • Global / regional

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Education topics addressed


  • Secondary completion


  • Transition from school to work

Other skills

  • Vocational training


  • School quality


  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • STEM

Cross-cutting topics addressed

  • Economic/livelihoods (including savings/financial inclusion, etc.)
  • Empowerment
  • Gender equality
  • Mentorship

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Current girls' education partners

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Mastercard Foundation

Headquarters location(s)

  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Office location(s)

  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda

Locations of current girls’ education work

Map showing countries (listed below) where the organization is involved with girls' education programs

  • Benin
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Costa Rica
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Lebanon
  • Malawi
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • South Africa
  • Uganda
  • United Republic of Tanzania

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