Data for good

She's building the digital rails to go the last mile

September 21, 2023 | By Vinecia Hill

"I saw a need that I knew how to solve …"

In the latest episode of “What’s Next In,” Mastercard’s podcast that informally explores technology, innovation and ideas, host Vicki Hyman chats with Tara Nathan, the founder of Community Pass, a digital infrastructure that increases access to critical services including healthcare, agriculture and micro-commerce for people in underserved, remote and frequently offline communities.

As world leaders gather in New York City for the U.N. General Assembly to discuss how to accelerate action on sustainable development goals, including reducing poverty, hunger and inequality, Nathan discusses the role the private sector can play in delivering services in a commercially sustainable and scalable way and how people can harness digitization and their own data to improve their lives and livelihoods.

"We're peeling back the layers to a problem and creating solutions," Nathan says. "Digitization is helping to bring critical services and brighter opportunities to people in developing markets — and Mastercard is working to bridge the stiff digital divide."

To hear more from Nathan, stream “What’s Next In” in the player above and subscribe on Apple Podcasts or your favorite streaming platform.

Vinecia Hill, Specialist, Global Communications