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2016 SCALING COMPETITION LIVE AND 2015 WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

The opening of the 2016 Scaling Competition has coincided with the announcement of the 2015 Scaling Competition winners! Click here to read about them.

The new Scaling Competition is focused on 8 countries in Africa, and is similarly seeking proven concepts, products and business models aiming for larger scale across new geographies and markets.

Competition Closes 10 June 2016

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    BY SUPPORTING FINANCIAL INNOVATION.

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Innovation
Competition

Businesses can apply for financial support to develop and test new models for financial services designed to improve the lives of rural poor people in Africa.

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NOW CLOSED

Scaling
Competition

Once existing ideas have been proven, businesses can apply for financial support to scale financial products, services or processes in order to benefit more people currently living in poverty in rural Africa.

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NOW OPEN

  • What is The Fund?

    The MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity is a US$50 million challenge fund to extend financial services to people living in poverty. Read More
  • Why The Fund?

    Sub-Saharan Africa is growing rapidly but the pattern of growth has increased inequality and not led to substantial poverty reduction. Read More
  • How will The Fund help?

    The Fund will ensure 1,000,000 people in rural Africa have access to appropriate savings, credit and insurance services. Read More
  • 2015 Scaling Competition Winners

    The winners of support from The MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity have been announced in Accra, Ghana.

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The majority of rural households in Sub-Saharan Africa remain financially excluded. Over 70 percent of these families derive a large portion of their income from agricultural activities. Many financial service providers lack the knowledge and capacity to develop appropriate products and services that would enable the rural poor and smallholder farmers to become financially included.

What's happening

  • Scaling Competition 2015 Winners Announced

    The winners of support from The MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity have been announced in Accra, Ghana.

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  • Scaling Competition 2016 Opens

    The latest Scaling Competition has officially been launched at an event in Accra, Ghana. 

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