Youth Think Tank Initiative

The MasterCard Foundation
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Publication Date: 
Mar, 2013
In January 2012, The MasterCard Foundation (the Foundation) created a Youth Think Tank and tasked it with advising on and, ultimately, helping to shape their work in the sector of youth learning and engagement. 
Nine young people – ranging in age from 19 to 24 and hailing from Ghana, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Kenya – have been engaged as part-time qualitative researchers in their respective communities, gathering insights that help connect our Foundation staff to the real-world experiences of young people living in Sub-Saharan Africa today. 
Over a six-month period, these talented young people interviewed 51 community and business leaders and 119 
peers to explore the following question: 
How can we increase youth employment (formal, informal, and self-employment) in growth sectors such as agri-business, green growth, information and communications technology (ICT), and financial services?
This report documents the results of the participants’ research, and captures the themes that emerged from their work. It also provides strategic insights and actionable ideas for the Foundation and its partners. 
Workforce Development
Financial Inclusion
Monitoring & Evaluation
Sub-Saharan Africa
Agriculture & Food Security
Financial Capability
Financial Literacy/Education
Rural & Agricultural Finance
Rural Development