Perspectives

Stories from around the world of Mastercard

Discover how our people and technology are connecting everyone to Priceless possibilities.

Inclusion
Mountains, momos and a monsoon: Tales from Nepal

Employees from Mastercard's Eastern Europe, Middle East and North America region climbed Mardi Himal. It was the trip of a lifetime — and a trip that could change lives for Nepalese children.

Innovation
Forging a path for organizations to thrive

In this ecosystem full of potential, Mastercard has an important role to play. We are excited about nurturing the region’s fintech landscape through innovative strategy, strong collaboration, and acquisitions.

Inclusion
Shaping a sustainable future together

In Africa alone, 9 in 10 people said that they’re willing to take individual action to combat environmental and sustainability issues, making this a key focus area for governments and businesses.

Inclusion
Mastercard receives Ukraine Peace Prize

Mastercard was honored with the Ukraine Peace Prize. Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, announced the award to recognize the companies, governments, and world politicians who have supported the country during the ongoing conflict.

Trust
Advancing Georgia’s digital economy through partnership

Digital transformation harbors great potential for emerging markets who want to build strong, modern, resilient digital economies, and Georgia is no exception.

Innovation
Future-proofing small businesses for success

With small businesses representing 98 percent of all businesses, creating more than half of the private sector workforce and contributing a third to South Africa’s GDP, the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will only aggravate an already struggling economy.

Innovation
Priceless: A celebration of 25 years

There are some things that money can’t buy; for everything else, there’s Mastercard. This simple sentence uttered 25 years ago, captured the imagination of millions and thrust Mastercard’s Priceless campaign onto the global platform.

Inclusion
Planting the seeds of empowerment in Malawi

A nonprofit initiative that supplies villages with pumps for clean drinking water has blossomoned into a tree restoration plan that brings jobs to local women.

Inclusion
Turning price takers to price makers in Africa and India

Mastercard Farm Pass is helping farmers digitize their operations, access new buyers, and secure capital to grow.

Innovation
‘Making interesting things possible’: This startup has opportunity on speed dial in Africa

Nigeria’s Mono is bringing financial innovation to Africa — and boosting financial inclusion — through open banking.

Innovation
A startup with a smile

Seymur Rasulov, whose Azeri-based SmilePay is part of Mastercard Start Path’s latest cohort, says facial recognition can transform the financial ecosystem for consumers.

Inclusion
This Nigerian shopkeeper’s advice to female entrepreneurs: Start

In Lagos, Modupeola Lucy Asuku’s store grew in baby steps, nurtured by microloans and access to e-commerce.

Inclusion
In Zimbabwe, a blockchain startup Is taking the bull by the horn

The technology is being used to ensure traceability in supply chains, and smallholder cattle farmers hope it can help jump-start beef exports.

Inclusion
Journey to one billion

In this podcast, we speak to Mastercard experts and business leaders across the Middle East and Africa and around the world who are working together to build a more inclusive and sustainable digital economy that works for everyone, everywhere.

Inclusion
Unlocking a priceless, sustainable future

When it comes to fighting climate change, there is only one way to make a tangible impact: by joining forces. Partnerships are crucial to building a greener future for all. Living and working sustainably is the only way we can protect our planet for generations to come, and everyone must be on board.

Trust
Digital transformation means little without leadership

As the world continues to grapple with the challenges of an evolving pandemic, digital transformation presents organizations with a historic need for resilient leadership that can turn ideas into action and lead people to a better future with empathy

Innovation
Expo 2020 Dubai: a historic opportunity to foster a lasting legacy

As the Official Payment Technology Partner of Expo 2020 Dubai, Mastercard is leveraging the mega event as a platform to build a more inclusive and connected future.

Innovation
The EXPO-nential impact of partnership

Now, as Expo 2020 Dubai is upon us, revealing how it is connecting minds and creating the future, the element that really stands out for me, is partnership.

Inclusion
Optimism for the ordinary

With a history of women often feeling they should simply be content with what they have, it is wonderful to see more and more support for women to persevere and pursue the extraordinary, reach for the stars, and achieve the until-now-impossible.

Inclusion
Diversity matters because diversity wins

The pandemic is a watershed moment for gender equality and an African Union report notes the importance of a gendered perspective in the analysis of this multi-dimensional event, to improve outcomes for women, and the wider society that benefits when women contribute.

Innovation
Driving mobile and card acceptance among informal retailers in South Africa

As long as people are trapped in a cash economy, they are locked out of many economic opportunities in the financial mainstream.