As COVID-19 advances, its effects become ever-more pronounced. The public health crisis is aggravated by the social and economic aftermath: job losses, school closures, increased poverty. The Mastercard Foundation COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program will assist institutions and communities in Africa and within Indigenous communities in Canada to withstand and respond to the short-term impacts of this pandemic, while strengthening their resilience in the long-run.
Building a network of entrepreneurs and an innovative community of change-makers.
The Goal: Enable three million young people to secure work by 2030.
Context: The current rates of under- and unemployment in Ghana are 42 percent and 12 percent respectively.
Our Approach: Build a network of entrepreneurs, especially women entrepreneurs, and a digitally literate and innovative community of educators to create jobs for young people.
Priority sectors: Focus on sectors that offer strong potential for the creation of work for youth. These include agriculture and tourism and hospitality, underpinned by digital technology.
“As a YTT researcher, I wanted to ensure that the voices and experiences of young people were central to our research, and the findings helped inform stakeholders on how to take action and appeal to them.” –Clara Bemmah Antwi
Clara Bemmah Antwi is a member of the 2017-2018 Mastercard Foundation Youth Think Tank.
“I envision a world where the poor habits of improper waste disposal have come to an end.” – Abraham Tetteh Addy
Abraham Tetteh Addy is a Mastercard Foundation Scholar at Ashesi University and co-founder of the Ahote Sanitation Project, an initiative which implements environmental sustainability practices in Berekuso, Ghana.
“Society has created systems that hold people living with disabilities back from truly participating and thriving. It is not their disability that confines them, but the way that we’ve structured how we live.” – Nura Yunus, Associate Program Manager Youth Engagement at Mastercard Foundation.
Farida Bedwei is a Ghanaian software engineer and co-founder of Logiciel, a fin-tech company. Eyram Tawia is CEO and co-founder of Leti Arts, an interactive media studio which is focused on developing gaming in Africa. Together, Farida and Eyram created, Karmzah, a comic book superheroine whose disability is her superpower.