Case Study: Education in Support of Social Transformation—The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program
The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is the largest private scholarship program ever implemented for African youth. The Program seeks to develop a cohort of next-generation leaders, who will support social transformation and economic growth. This case study reviews the Program’s approach, early results, and learning. It demonstrates how a donor and its partners are engaging in real-time with issues discussed in this book, for instance, the role of scholarships for international education in the context of an Africa-focused initiative. It analyzes the delivery of recruitment and leadership training in the context of the program’s overarching theory of change. At the “meta-level”, the case explores the monitoring, evaluation, and learning framework and how results are woven back into the Program’s operations.
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