The Mastercard Foundation (MCF) is an independent foundation based in Toronto, Canada. Through its work with partner organisations, it provides greater access to education, financial services and skills training for people living in poverty in Africa.
MCF, which was established in 2006, takes an integrated approach to research, learning and evaluation that allows for evidence-informed decision-making and amplified impact in its focus areas. MCF has a robust research and evaluation policy that articulates its core principles and approach to evaluation and a strong Learning and Strategy team. MCF currently funds a small number of impact evaluations of its projects and is providing increasingly visible support for rigorous evidence to improve development policies and programmes.