The Mastercard Foundation’s Young Africa Works strategy seeks to ensure young people – especially women – have access to quality education, financial services and dignified work.
In partnership with national monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) organisations we are supporting the Foundation to deliver its Young Africa Works strategy in Nigeria, Uganda and seven West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) countries.
Working with not-for-profit and public sector partners, the Foundation is committed to elevating youth and marginalised voices and building the capacity of young evaluators.
By putting the perspectives of young women and men at the centre of their strategy, the Foundation aims to develop and utilise new ways to gather data and generate learning.
We are supporting the Foundation to deliver on their Young Africa Works strategy as part of a national-level Impact Partner Organisations (IPO). The IPO consortiums have been contracted by the Foundation to:
- Measure the Foundation’s progress through in-depth mixed method evaluations, impact monitoring and data quality assessments.
- Build the capacity of the next generation of African evaluators through training, mentorship and job placements.
- Generate knowledge on innovative MEL approaches that elevate the voices of youth and marginalised members of society and share these with the wider MEL ecosystem working in Africa.
We are responsible for specific workstreams within each contract, such as the data quality assessment in Uganda and Nigeria. However we also work collaboratively with the other consortium partners on all of the IPO workstreams, as outlined below.
In WAEMU our role is focused on supporting the Foundation to establish a baseline, against which progress towards their strategy can be measured, through a mixed-methods evaluation. We are leading this work in Mali and Togo.
We are also working with:
- A&B are a Senegal based MEL organisation. They are leading on the baseline evaluation in Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and Niger and are the Consortium Leads.
- Centre d’Initiatives pour le Développement Solidaire lead this work in Burkina Faso and Benin
We are partnering with:
- Preston Associates are a specialist MEL consultancy based in Nigeria (Consortium lead)
- Cloneshouse Nigeria specialise in capacity building for early career MEL professionals in the country
- Global Integrity bring expertise in learning approaches and communications
We are partnering with:
- Provide and Equip are a Uganda based MEL consultancy (Consortium lead)
- Vijana Corps work through community-based youth-hubs to empower Ugandan youth.