Mastercard and USAID are looking to transform refugee settlements into digital communities

Mastercard and USAID, the United States' Agency for International Development, have announced their public-private coalition that is looking to transform refugee settlements in Afrika into digital communities. They hope to achieve this by bringing together technology, solutions, and experience from multiple sectors to transform refugee settlements into digitally-connected communities. The…

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Empowering Kenya's small kiosk owners

Mastercard has announced the availability of their digital ordering system that will likely empower small kiosk owners in Nairobi to order and pay for products from wholesalers via SMS. The digital ordering system known as Kionect will also allow orders to be submitted via a feature phone. Kionect is currently…

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Bringing mobile payments to South Africa's spaza shops

Mastercard has announced their collaboration with South African FinTech startup, Spazapp. The aim of the partnership is to bring mobile payments to spaza shops (informal traders and convenience stores) in South Africa. The informal retail sector in South Africa is reported to generate R46 billion in annual sales a year…

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