Young Africa Works

Young Africa Works in Ethiopia focuses on sectors that offer a strong potential for the creation of work for youth.

Our Goal: Enable 10 million young people to access dignified and fulfilling work by 2030.

Context: The need to create employment in Ethiopia is high, and the potential to have an impact is significant. The recent commitment by the government to improve the policy and regulatory environment to encourage the development of the private sector and attract foreign investment will be a leading factor in driving transformative change.

Our Approach: Designed in partnership with the government, the private sector, academic institutions, and young people, the Foundation will work with the newly created Jobs Creation Commission to spur economic growth. It builds upon the momentum of the governments recent efforts while also finding creative ways to strengthen relevant government institutions.  The Foundation has made an initial USD 300 million five-year commitment to implement this strategy in Ethiopia.

Priority Sectors: Agriculture, manufacturing, tourism and digital technology



Our Work in Ethiopia

News and Announcements

Mastercard Foundation and Kifiya Financial Technology PLC to Enable More Than 477,800 MSMEs to Access Uncollateralized Digital Credit Products

The partnership creates the opportunity for 425,000 women to access smartphones through device financing.

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Five Ethiopia Public Universities Successfully Establish State-of-the-Art Multimedia Studios

Five state-of-the-art multimedia studios in public universities across Ethiopia as part of the e-SHE program, a partnership between the Ministry of Education, the Mastercard Foundation, Arizona State University, and ShayaShone.

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The Mastercard Foundation and Partners Enable 1.27 million Young Ethiopians to Access Employment Opportunities

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, December 5, 2023 – The Mastercard Foundation has announced that it has enabled 1.27 million young people to access employment opportunities in Ethiopia since the launch of the country’s Young Africa Works strategy in 2019.

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Ethiopian Youth Entrepreneurs Association and Mastercard Foundation Partner to Pilot a Youth Entrepreneurship Capacity-Building Project

Mastercard Foundation and the Ethiopian Youth Entrepreneurs Association (EYEA) are pleased to announce a the Enable Youth Entrepreneurs in Ethiopia (EYE) project, which aims to provide customized entrepreneurship development training.

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The Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Institute and the Mastercard Foundation Partner to Support over 600,000 Young People to Engage in Inclusive and Dignified Work Opportunities in Agriculture

The Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation and the Mastercard Foundation have announced the agriculture-focused Dignified Employment for Youth in Ethiopia Program to support over 600,000 young people to engage in inclusive and dignified work opportunities in the agriculture sector.

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Dereja, in Partnership with the Ministry of Labor and Skills, and the Mastercard Foundation to Host National Career Expo for More than 20,000 Recent Graduates

Dereja, in partnership with the Ministry of Labor and Skills (MOLS) and the Mastercard Foundation, will host its National Career Expo on October 18-19, 2023, at Millennium Hall, Addis Ababa, to provide recent graduates with a forum to interface with employers as they network to obtain secure employment positions.

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500,000 Young People in Ethiopia to Provide Community Service and Gain Job Preparedness Skills

Mastercard Foundation joined hands with the Youth Network for Sustainable Development (YNSD) and the John Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) to enable 500,000 young people to attend community service activities and gain job preparedness skills.

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Stakeholders Come Together to Participate in Second Knowledge Series on Data-Driven Digital Lending for Ethiopia’s MSMEs

The Mastercard Foundation participated in a second knowledge series entitled “Data-Driven MSME Digital Lending for an Inclusive Economy” with The National Bank of Ethiopia, the International Financial Corporation (IFC), Financial Sector Deepening-Ethiopia (FSD-Ethiopia), Kifiya Financial Technology.

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Advocating for an Inclusive World

I’m Shegaw Birhanu, alumnus of the Scholars Program at the University of Gondar (UoG). I’m currently working as a public prosecutor at Dabat town court, 60 kilometers from Gondar city. As the adage “the wish is father to the thought” goes, being a lawyer has been my dream since I was a child.

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Mastercard Foundation Joins Forces with the UN’s FAO to Tackle Desert Locust Infestation

Desert Locust response to mitigate impact in the Greater Horn of Africa

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10 Million Young People to Access Dignified and Fulfilling Work Opportunities in Ethiopia

Mastercard Foundation announces Young Africa Works in Ethiopia,  an initiative that seeks to create employment opportunities for the youth in partnership with Ethiopia’s Jobs Creation Commission (JCC).

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Young Women Trailblazing in Ethiopia’s Honey Economy

Learn more about our partnerships in Ethiopia.

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