Our Initiatives

Scholars Program

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program provides access to secondary and higher education for young people who are committed to giving back to their communities.

Fund for Rural Prosperity

The Fund for Rural Prosperity encourages the ingenuity of African businesses in the financial sector. Through two competitions a year, the fund awards innovative ideas for bringing affordable and appropriate financial products and services to rural Africa.

Youth Forward

The Youth Forward Initiative brings together multiple organizations to train 200,000 young people and help them move into sustainable jobs in the construction and agricultural sectors.

Symposium on Financial Inclusion

Mastercard Foundation Symposium on Financial Inclusion encourages banks and other financial service providers in developing countries to focus on the needs and expectations of people living in poverty.

Young Africa Works

The Young Africa Works Summit brings together experts and leaders to find practical solutions for youth unemployment and entrepreneurship in the agricultural sector.

Youth Think Tank

The Mastercard Foundation Youth Think Tank is a research group made up of young people from the Foundation’s networks. Each year, a new cohort conducts research in their communities, makes recommendations based on their findings, and advises the Foundation. The Youth Think Tank is an integral part of the Foundation’s commitment to listening deeply and engaging youth.