COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program Announcements

Partnerships related to fighting the effects of the COVID-19 crisis

SHOFCO and the Mastercard Foundation to Provide COVID-19 Support to 1.35 Million People Living in Urban Slums in Kenya Facebook

Issued July 20, 2020

Nairobi, Kenya — Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) and the Mastercard Foundation have launched a partnership under the Mastercard Foundation COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program that is building the resilience of communities in 10 urban slums in Kenya during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

Mastercard Foundation and Kenya Red Cross Join Forces to Drive COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Efforts in Kenya

Issued July 16, 2020

Nairobi, Kenya — The Mastercard Foundation COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program, in collaboration with Kenya Red Cross, today announced a partnership to support the Ministry of Health to strengthen the healthcare system in Kenyan COVID-19 high risk counties. Read more.

FDRE Jobs Creation Commission launches Enabling Ethiopia, a 5-year job opportunities project, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation

Issued June 22, 2020

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The Jobs Creation Commission, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, has launched a 5-year project, Enabling Ethiopiato support job creation in Ethiopia through driving innovation, policy reform, inclusiveness and advocacy. The Mastercard Foundation has committed USD 11.8 million to the project. Read more.

1,000 Entrepreneurs within Refugee Communities in Rwanda to Benefit from Economic Recovery Grants on World Refugee Day

Kigali, Rwanda – In support of World Refugee Day, celebrated globally on 20 June, 2020, Inkomoko Entrepreneur Development will distribute 1,000 grants to businesses in refugee camps and the surrounding host communities in Rwanda. Read more.

Equity Group Foundation and Mastercard Foundation Ensure Wings to Fly and Elimu Scholars Continue their Education

Issued June 15, 2020

Nairobi, Kenya – Through the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, Equity Group Foundation and the Mastercard Foundation have partnered to support over 14,600 students in the Wings to Fly and Elimu scholarship programs to access education at home during the current COVID-19 lockdown. Read more.

AFI and Mastercard Foundation partner for COVID-19 Policy Response in Africa

Issued June 12, 2020

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI), in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, is implementing a COVID-19 Policy Response program in Africa in response to the devastating impacts of the global pandemic. Read more.

Mastercard Foundation commits USD 3.2 million to Rescue Enterprises Through Production Repurposing to respond to COVID-19 in Ethiopia

Issued June 10, 2020

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Mastercard Foundation has announced a partnership with a consortium of 11 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Ethiopia to repurpose their factories to manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) in the fight against COVID-19. Read more.

Mastercard Foundation and Private Sector Foundation Uganda launch COVID-19 Economic Recovery and Resilience Response Program

Issued June 9, 2020

Kampala, Uganda – Today the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) announced the creation of the COVID-19 Economic Recovery and Resilience Response Program in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation. Read more.

Saskatchewan Post-secondary Institutions Partner with the Mastercard Foundation to Support Indigenous Students Impacted by COVID-19

Issued June 4, 2020

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – The Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research (GDI), the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT), and the University of Saskatchewan (USask) have partnered with the Mastercard Foundation to support Indigenous students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

The Mastercard Foundation MSE’s Resilience Facility to Support Businesses in Ethiopia Affected by COVID-19

Issued June 4, 2020

Addis Ababa – The Jobs Creation Commission of Ethiopia, the Mastercard Foundation and First Consult, announced the creation of the Mastercard Foundation MSE’s Resilience Facility. This is an emergency program that will support micro and small-sized enterprises (MSEs) and start-ups in Ethiopia during the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

Africa CDC and Mastercard Foundation Partner to Deliver 1 Million Test Kits, Deploy 10,000 Community Health Workers for COVID-19 Response

Issued June 4, 2020

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia –  Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and Mastercard Foundation have partnered to respond to COVID-19.  Through its COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program, Mastercard Foundation is committing US$40 million to the Africa CDC’s Partnership to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing (PACT). Read more.

Mastercard Foundation commits US$1.6 million to Ethiopian Red Cross Society COVID-19 efforts

Issued May 26, 2020

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) today announced a US$1.6 million contribution from the Mastercard Foundation to support COVID-19 preparedness and response activities. Read more.

Northern Post-secondary Institutions Collaborate with Mastercard Foundation on COVID-19 response

Issued May 7, 2020

British Columbia, Canada – Four post-secondary institutions in northern British Columbia in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation are enhancing supports for Indigenous students and investing in technological solutions to improve access for remote education in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

Public-Private Partnership to boost Rwanda’s Tourism & Hospitality Industry

Issued May 7, 2020

Kigali, Rwanda / London, England  – The Rwanda Development Board, Mastercard Foundation, and EF Education First partner to provide language and skills training to the tourism and hospitality industry in Rwanda. The joint program will primarily focus on English proficiency and communication skills, which have been identified as a critical challenge for the industry. It will also boost essential hospitality skills, including knowledge about the attractiveness of Rwanda as a premier tourism destination and a focus on how to offer world-class service during events and conferences. Read more.

Mastercard Foundation Commits USD $5 Million to Protect Kenyan Health Care Workers Amid COVID-19

Issued April 29, 2020

Nairobi, Kenya – Mastercard Foundation will contribute USD $5 million to the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Kenya’s Frontline Medical Staff as part of the Mastercard Foundation COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program. Read more.

Young African Developers Create Zero Contact Food Distribution Application in Response to COVID-19

Issued April 27, 2020

Nairobi, Kenya – Tribus TSG, a subsidiary of Centum Investment, has today launched a zero contact distribution application in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tribus TSG is partnering with Mastercard Foundation in Kenya, under its Young Africa Works initiative.  In Kenya, Young Africa Works aims to enable five million young Kenyans access dignified work. Read more.

Mastercard Foundation Commits $250,000 to CMMB COVID-19 efforts

Issued April 24, 2020

New York, New York – CMMB (Catholic Medical Mission Board) today announced a US$250,000 contribution from the Mastercard Foundation COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program to help fight the spread of COVID-19 by strengthening the capacity of health facilities in Kenya, Zambia, and South Sudan. Read more.

$1 Million Mastercard Foundation Contribution to Support Student Needs during COVID-19 Pandemic

Issued April 22, 2020

Toronto, Canada – Under a new partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami is the proud recipient of a $1 million contribution from the Foundation’s COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program. The funds will be used to address critical needs of Inuit students across Canada. Read more.

Foundation to Work with Friendship Centres in Supporting Urban Indigenous Communities

Issued April 17, 2020

Toronto, Canada – The National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) and the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre (MNFC) would like to acknowledge the generous contribution of $1 million from the Mastercard Foundation to support Friendship Centres and Provincial/Territorial Associations (PTAs) across the country as they navigate the COVID-19 response. Read more.

NBSSI Mastercard Foundation Recovery and Resilience Program for MSMEs

Issued April 8, 2020

Accra, Ghana – Mastercard Foundation, in partnership with the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI), an agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI), has announced the creation of an Emergency Program to support micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and start-ups in Ghana during the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.