Category: Impact Investment & Innovative Finance Blog

MEDA partners with The Mastercard Foundation to create thousands of jobs through funding investments in Africa for women and youth entrepreneurs

MEDA is pleased to announce that the USD $200 million Mastercard Foundation Africa Growth Fund (MFAGF) launched today. The Fund-of-Funds initiative will help advance the Mastercard Foundation’s Young Africa Works strategy, which aims to enable 30 million young people in Africa, particularly young women, to access dignified and fulfilling work by 2030.

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Leveraging Investment to #BreaktheBias

To mark this year’s International Women’s Day theme of ‘Break the Bias’, MEDA’s Technical Directors of Impact Investment Gender Equality & Social Inclusion sat down together to talk about how their two technical areas overlap and what this means for MEDA’s work.

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How business support helps emerging-market enterprises reach lower-income customers

Even small amounts of grant-based business support can help growing enterprises in emerging marketing reach the lower-income customers that need them most. Such enterprises face business pressures to go up-market to higher-income customers. We’ve found that carefully targeted technical assistance can help them build profitable businesses serving poorer customers as well, and reduce risks for their own investors.

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