Mastercard Foundation Increases CorpsAfrica Partnership – WWD

H2: Mastercard Foundation Increases CorpsAfrica Partnership – WWD

The Mastercard Foundation has announced that it will increase its partnership with CorpsAfrica committing an additional $10 million to the program over the next three years. The announcement was made during the 2019 Women Deliver conference held in Vancouver, Canada. This increased commitment will see the program scale-up its operations across Africa, with a focus on empowering young people and women.

CorpsAfrica is a unique program that provides young African professionals with the opportunity to serve as volunteer field officers in their own communities. These volunteers work on projects that target the root causes of poverty and promote sustainable development. The program currently operates in nine African countries, including Morocco, Senegal, and Tanzania.

The additional funding from the Mastercard Foundation will allow CorpsAfrica to recruit and train more young professionals from across the continent. In addition, it will enable the program to expand into new countries, including Ghana and Rwanda. The foundation hopes that this expansion will have a significant impact on poverty reduction efforts in Africa.

According to Alice Waweru, the Director of the Mastercard Foundation’s Youth Livelihoods Program, the increased partnership with CorpsAfrica aligns with the foundation’s aim to support innovative solutions to poverty reduction.

“We believe that young people and women are key drivers of economic growth and development. By expanding our partnership with CorpsAfrica, we are creating opportunities for young professionals to gain valuable skills and experience in the field of sustainable development. This partnership also supports the Foundation’s commitment to advancing gender equality and empowering women and girls.”

Through its partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, CorpsAfrica aims to contribute to the foundation’s goal of improving the lives of 30 million young people in Africa over the next decade.

H2: The Impact of CorpsAfrica

Since its inception, CorpsAfrica has been making a significant impact on poverty reduction in Africa. The program’s volunteers work on a range of projects, including education, health, and agriculture. One of the key strengths of the program is its focus on community-led approaches to development.

Through its work, CorpsAfrica has helped communities to identify and address the root causes of poverty. Volunteers work with community members to develop sustainable solutions that are tailored to the specific needs of each community.

The impact of the program is demonstrated the success stories of its volunteers. For example, in Tanzania, CorpsAfrica volunteers have worked with community members to establish community-managed microfinance institutions. These institutions provide individuals with access to credit, allowing them to start businesses and improve their economic situation.

In Senegal, CorpsAfrica volunteers have worked on a range of projects, including developing a sustainable agriculture program that has increased crop yields and improved food security in the community.

Overall, CorpsAfrica’s model of community-led development has proven to be effective in reducing poverty and promoting sustainable development in Africa.

H2: How to Get Involved with CorpsAfrica

If you are interested in getting involved with CorpsAfrica, there are several ways to do so. The program is open to African professionals aged 18-35 who are committed to creating positive change in their communities.

To apply to become a CorpsAfrica volunteer, you must first complete an online application form. Successful applicants will then be invited to attend an interview and training program. Once you have completed the training, you will be posted to a community placement where you will work on development projects for a period of one year.

In addition to volunteering, there are other ways to support CorpsAfrica’s work. The program relies on donations from individuals and organizations to support its operations. Donations can be made via the CorpsAfrica website, and all contributions are tax-deductible.

You can also support CorpsAfrica spreading the word about the program. Share information about the program with your friends and social networks, and encourage others to get involved.


The increased partnership between the Mastercard Foundation and CorpsAfrica is a significant step towards empowering young African professionals and promoting sustainable development. Through its focus on community-led approaches to development, CorpsAfrica is making a real impact on poverty reduction in Africa.

If you are interested in getting involved with CorpsAfrica, there are several opportunities to do so. Whether you choose to volunteer or support the program through donations, you can play a part in creating a brighter future for Africa’s young people and communities.