Our Work

Our Work in Africa

At the Mastercard Foundation, we are driven by a belief that all people should have an equal chance to succeed, no matter where they started in life. To date, our programming has improved the lives of over 33.1 million people and millions more in their households.

Looking forward, our work is unified around the single most complex challenge that young people in Africa face — unemployment. Our goal is to enable 30 million young people to secure dignified and fulfilling work by 2030.

Youth at the Centre

How we work is just as important as what we do. Young people are at the centre of our work and their insight and aspirations guide us. We believe in respectful collaboration — with governments, the private sector, educators, and, most importantly, with young people. Through our work, we look to find new insights and share them with others to magnify our impact.