Matasa Fellows Network

In April 2016 The Mastercard Foundation and Institute of Development Studies joined forces to launch The Matasa Fellows Network.

This exciting initiative sought to develop a cohort of young African researchers with the skills and commitment to engage in policy-oriented research around the challenges of young people and employment in Africa. Its aim is to contribute to the development of outstanding young researchers who will ultimately become leaders in their chosen fields. To kick-start the Network, ten fellowships were awarded in Spring 2016.

Each Matasa Fellow is producing a high quality synthesis paper and related policy brief. The synthesis papers will be published in a special issue of the IDS Bulletin.

The African youth employment challenge is...

In this short film the Matasa Fellows outline their perspectives on the African youth employment challenge.

How the Network is making a difference

In this short film, some of the Matasa Fellows explain how the Network is supporting them. 

Key contact

Photo of Jim Sumberg, Research Fellow with the Knowledge Technology and Society Team

T: +44 (0)1273 915833


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Photo of Carol Smithyes from the IDS Communications and Engagement Unit

T: +44 (0)1273 915638


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Photo of Hannah Corbett, IDS Communications

T: +44 (0)1273 915640


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Parveen Mungroo photo

T: +44 (0)1273 915802


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IDS Research Fellow Seife Ayele

T: +44 (0)1273 915806


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Project Dates:
April 2016 - January 2017
Project Status:
The Mastercard Foundation
Research Themes / Programmes:
Youth Employment and Politics