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Mastercard Foundation and USIU-Africa Partner to Expand Access to Higher Education in Africa

USIU-Africa and the Mastercard Foundation today announced a partnership that will enable 1,000 high-performing students to receive quality education and leadership development over the next 10 years under the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.

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

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).

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

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.

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

Gabriel Dumont Institute, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies and the University of Saskatchewan receive $840,000 for Indigenous student supports

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

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – May 26, 2020 – 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 activitie

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Foundation to Work with Friendship Centres in Supporting Urban Indigenous Communities

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.

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

Nairobi, April 29, 2020 – 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.

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

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.

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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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Foundation to Work with Friendship Centres in Supporting Urban Indigenous Communities

$1 million contribution from Mastercard Foundation to help Friendship Centres serve urban Indigenous community

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NBSSI Mastercard Foundation Recovery and Resilience Program for MSMEs

Program will provide support to businesses in Ghana affected by COVID-19

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Twelve African EdTech Companies Named as First Fellows at Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning in ICT

The Mastercard Foundation Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning in Information, Communications, and Technology (ICT) today announced the first cohort of 12 EdTech Fellows, companies that will benefit from the Centre’s support to expand their operations and improve secondary teaching and learning across the continent.

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New Partnership to Tackle Education Barriers for Indigenous Youth and Support Economic Opportunities

A unique and innovative partnership between the Blackfoot Confederacy, the University of Lethbridge and the Mastercard Foundation will support and enable Indigenous youth to achieve their goals and become leaders in their communities.

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Statement on Recent Events at Makerere University

The Foundation is deeply concerned about the violence taking place at Makerere University surrounding the student protests related to the fee structure at the university.


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

The Mastercard Foundation  announced  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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Mastercard Foundation to Enable Three Million Youth to Access Employment Opportunities in Senegal

The Mastercard Foundation  announced  Young Africa Works in Senegal, an initiative that aims to enable three million young people to access dignified and fulfilling work by 2030.

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Mastercard Foundation to Enable Three Million Young People to Access Employment Opportunities in Ghana

Mastercard Foundation announces Young Africa Works in Ghana, an initiative that aims to enable three million young people to access dignified and fulfilling work by 2030.

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Scam Alert: Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

Recent notification circulated on WhatsApp falsely offers scholarships to the University of Manchester.


Adea’s Annual Policy Dialogue Forum Highlights the Opportunity of Secondary Education in Africa to Prepare Youth for the Future of Work

Reforming secondary education in Africa by enhancing the teaching profession, quality learning and 21st century skills provision, and embracing innovation and information and communication technology (ICT)

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New National Survey Shows that Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Youth in Canada are Engaged in Reconciliation, and Share Optimism Despite Barriers

A new national survey reveals how Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth in Canada view the future and reconciliation between their peoples.

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Young Africa Works in Kenya to Connect Millions of Young People to Dignified Work

Young Africa Works in Kenya, a public-private partnership between the Mastercard Foundation, the private sector, and the Government of Kenya, was launched today in Nairobi.

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Mastercard Foundation Appoints Two New Members to its Board of Directors

The Mastercard Foundation announced the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors, the Honourable Louise Arbour and Dominic Barton.

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