At the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting closing plenary, Tata Communications and MasterCard announced a CGI Commitment to Action to financially empower 25,000 women in the developing world, part of a larger vision to ultimately reach 100 million women.
The two companies joined forces with a network of partners including Brightstar Corp, Kiva, Tone, Trickle Up and the Hidary Foundation to bring their shared vision to life over the next five years through access to transformative mobile platforms comprising a range of financial, health and education applications and services.
Tata Communications, MasterCard and its network of partners will realise their vision by taking a non-linear implementation approach as is often taken in the technology sector. The programme will kick-off with pilot projects in India, Nigeria, Indonesia and Guatemala and will be aimed at 25,000 women, serving as microcosms. The replication of these microcosms will enable scale with a vision to reach 100 million women by 2020.