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Introducing the Mastercard Foundation Alumni Network

After years of discussion with young people, months of rigorous recruitment, onboarding, training and planning, the Mastercard Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of the Mastercard Foundation Alumni Network with chapters in Ghana, Rwanda, and Uganda.

The Alumni Network is the culmination of our vision to mobilize the alumni from our programs — which include the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Ashoka, the Youth Think Tank (YTT), the Scholars Program, the Anzisha Prize, and Youth Forward — to be a force for change.  In time the network will expand to include the other countries where the Foundation is implementing its Young Africa Works strategy connecting alumni to each other, resources, opportunities, and mentors.

Meet the Leadership Committees

Ghana Alumni Network

Kenya Alumni Network

North America Alumni Network

Rwanda Alumni Network

Senegal Alumni Network

Uganda Alumni Network

Upcoming Alumni Networks

In 2021, we will be launching Mastercard Foundation Alumni Networks in Kenya, North America, and Senegal so we have started to recruit for members of the alumni committees. Watch here for more information.

Why Build an Alumni Network? 

Our vision is to create sustainable, youth-led alumni hubs across Africa,   committed to driving impactful social and economic change in their communities.

To support our Young Africa Works strategy:  The Mastercard Foundation Alumni Network will holistically support the career journeys of Foundation alumni as entrepreneurs, employers and employees.  It will help link alumni to opportunities for engagement and employment and support their ongoing career progression.  Members also reap the benefits of the pastoral and peer-led inspiration of being connected to like-minded young people. Click here to read more on the Mastercard Foundation’s Young Africa Works Strategy

Design and deliver better programs: The Alumni Network will enable the Foundation to  better integrate youth voices into the design and implementation of its programs. Alumni will be key allies to country teams to identify economic trends, social and cultural norms, and other important aspects that make Mastercard Foundation programs work.

Impact networks have a multiplier effect: Stella Kivila, YALI RLC Alum and a member of the Alumni Network Leadership Committee for Uganda said, “the Alumni Network provides a connective platform where Mastercard Foundation alumni can access inspiration and opportunities from each other for the greater good of their communities.” There is power behind bringing young people who have different backgrounds, skills training, passions, and interests together in one large network to enhance the community’s ability to tackle large challenges and take advantage of opportunities across the continent.

The opportunity to meet like-minded youth through the Mastercard Foundation Alumni Network will increase the social capital and access to information of Mastercard Foundation alumni and empower alumni to highlight their own agency and ability, and ultimately influence change in their countries.

Enhance profile and brand awareness:  Mastercard Foundation alumni are the front-line brand ambassadors for Mastercard Foundation and its work across Africa. The alumni network thus is a platform to increase brand awareness and support alumni to be advocates for the Foundation’s work.

Did you participate in a Mastercard Foundation program? Join the Mastercard Foundation Alumni Network to be part of a global community of like-minded people, connect and exchange ideas, attend alumni events globally and virtually, and access leadership opportunities.

To learn more about the Alumni Network, click here to complete the Mastercard Foundation Alumni Interest form.

For more information about the current Mastercard Foundation Alumni Networks:

MCF Ghana Alumni Network: mcfghanaalumninetwork@gmail.com

MCF Rwanda Alumni Network: mcfrwandaalumninetwork@gmail.com

MCF Uganda Alumni Network: mcfugandaalumninetwork@gmail.com

Find out more about the in-country networks:

Ghana Alumni Network 

Rwanda Alumni Network

Uganda Alumni Network

Kenya Alumni Network

Senegal Alumni Network

North America Alumni Network