Africa

Empowering East African Farmers Through Human-Centered Design

January 17, 2017

A new digital platform aims to improve farmers’ access to markets, increase price transparency and speed payments. The Mastercard Lab for Financial Inclusion today announced the launch of 2KUZE, a digital platform that connects smallholder farmers, agents, buyers and banks in East …

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2016’s Most Defining Moments for Inclusive Growth

December 23, 2016

The Center’s senior fellows reflect on the events of 2016 that will leave an enduring mark on inclusion and economic growth.  The US Election, Brexit and the populist wave 2016, like no other year in recent memory, brought to the …

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Liberating Women’s Leadership Potential

April 18, 2016

by Trevor Waldock The founder and CEO of Emerging Leaders on the impact of leadership training for women in the most vulnerable communities. Waldock will be a featured speaker at Power Shift 2016 at Georgetown University in Washington, DC on May …

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Connecting Microentreprises in Rwanda

May 16, 2016

Against the backdrop of the World Economic Forum meeting in Kigali last week, the Center announced a plan to commit up to $1 million over the next three years to advance economic growth and financial inclusion in Rwanda. Rwanda has …

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Emerging Africa: Growth in Cities

May 10, 2016

As leaders from across Africa gather in Rwanda for the World Economic Forum meeting this week, a look at how Africa’s cities can shape the continent’s economic future. For more information, read the MasterCard 2015 African Cities Growth Index. 

Using Mobile Data to Enable Financial Inclusion

June 2, 2016

Technology is allowing companies to leverage the wealth of data produced by mobile phones to facilitate lending to the un- or underbanked.  This post is published in partnership with News Deeply. A version of this article first appeared on Harvard’s Evidence …

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4 Ways Business Can Strengthen Fragile States

January 11, 2016

by Neal Keny-Guyer The CEO of Mercy Corp, a leading global humanitarian aid organization, describes the important role the private sector can play in helping to further progress in the world’s toughest places. This post was originally published by the …

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Labor Market Solutions: 3 Pathways to Breaking Down Barriers

December 28, 2015

As we wrap up the year, we look back at what inspired the 11 new ideas presented at the Harvard Symposium for Inclusive Growth in October. The MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth co-sponsored the event in partnership with the Harvard …

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Re-inventing Retail: 3 Innovative Ideas to Spur Inclusive Growth  

December 22, 2015

As we wrap up the year, we look back at what inspired the 11 innovations presented at the Symposium for Inclusive Growth in October. The MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth co-sponsored the event in partnership with the Harvard Center for …

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The Potential for Inclusive Growth in African Cities

December 2, 2015

MasterCard African Cities Growth Index assesses inclusive urbanisation and growth potential of 74 African cities. Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, is the large African city with the highest potential for inclusive growth, according to the new 2015 MasterCard African Cities Growth …

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Why Gender Matters for Every Development Front

August 5, 2015

The impact of #BeingFemaleInNigeria points to discussions we should be having about gender and development globally On June 30, Florence Warmate nonchalantly sent a tweet that included the hashtag #BeingFemaleInNigeria. Little did she know she was to whip global social …

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Making Trade Work for the Poor in Middle East and Africa

July 20, 2015

By Yuwa Hedrick-Wong Trade diversification has been recognized as a policy priority in the Middle East and Africa region (MENA) for some time: the region needs to diversify away from its dependency on exporting oil and resources, as well as …

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