MasterCard Foundation

The MasterCard Foundation has been an innovator and a major funder focused on the transition of young people into the workforce. The Economic Opportunities for Youth strategy aims to improve the capacity of young men and women to find quality employment, grow their businesses, access finance and expand the opportunities available to them.  To date, the Foundation has committed $177 million to 16 countries in Africa. The Foundation’s projects are focused on both rural and urban areas in many countries. We aspire to motivate and attract others to join us in this work.

The Foundation is inviting non-governmental organizations, financial service providers, as well as private sector and academic institutions to present collaborative models that will enable disadvantaged youth to build successful livelihoods. The areas of focus for this round will be in the agriculture/agribusiness sector in Ghana and Uganda, as well as the construction sector in Ghana. 

The MasterCard Foundation is also committed to the principle of youth engagement and is seeking proposals that will demonstrate youth involvement in program design, implementation and evaluation. 

Interested and qualified parties can review the Request for Proposals and are invited to submit an Expression of Interest by email to by March 5, 2014. 

A Frequently Asked Questions document has also been prepared and can be found here.

Answers to additional questions can be found here.

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