At the Mastercard Foundation, we know that employment is a leading pathway out of poverty for young people and their families. In Africa, the world’s youngest continent, youth employment is a particularly important measure of poverty reduction. Africa’s young people are building a better future for the continent, but they cannot do it alone.
Seeking a world where everyone has the opportunity to learn and prosper, the Foundation works with visionary organizations and individuals to advance learning and increase financial inclusion for people living in poverty.
Together, we have improved the lives of more than 30 million people and their families. One of the largest foundations in the world, it works almost exclusively in Africa. It was created in 2006 by Mastercard International and operates independently under the governance of its own Board of Directors.