In collaboration with Pyxera Global, the Mastercard Foundation initiated the MSME COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program (CRRP) in Ghana to tackle the economic repercussions of COVID-19 on Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). The program aimed to boost Ghana’s economy by fortifying the MSME network and enhancing MSMEs’ capacity to revitalize, maintain, and expand their ventures.
In response to the social justice movement, we partnered with SAP on their Pro Bono for Economic Equity project. The goal was to address the disproportionately negative impact of COVID-19 on people of color. For six weeks, teams of SAP employees worked virtually with Black entrepreneurs worldwide with remarkable success.
COVID-19 pushed education, health care, transportation, and society’s patience past their limits. Pyxera Global saw this situation as an opportunity to develop breakthrough solutions for multiple challenges. Working with other corporate and nonprofit leaders, the Reimagine Series’ first challenge addressed the accessibility of telehealth within community health systems.
In the early 2000s, Pyxera Global began partnering with companies to design, facilitate, and measure the impact of Global Pro Bono programs. Today, more than 25 unique GPB programs help share best practices, distribute lessons learned, and to encourage innovation amongst companies across seven business sectors.
In the process of pivoting all in-person engagements to virtual, we co-designed new employee engagement models that now enable companies to help address the urgent needs of those affected by the pandemic.
Before COVID-19, Medtronic’s GIFs undertook projects in person, a key feature of the fellowship that encouraged relationship-building among the employees and the host organization. However, the pandemic forced Medtronic Foundation to pivot and create virtual opportunities instead. This NCD project demonstrated how effectively a remote team could function and continue to work with a partner organization with impactful results.
DASARAN, a social enterprise based in Yerevan, Armenia, is an entity that has sought to create opportunity amid adversity. The organization builds and facilitates technological solutions to help Armenia meet its education goals by providing innovative educational content and interactive learning solutions online for students, parents, teachers, administrators, and policymakers. DASARAN currently supports one-third of the Armenian population–over 1 million people–in K–12 education on its digital platform.
Born out of the necessity to more broadly reach entrepreneurs across Belarus, the USAID-funded Delivering Regional Instruction Vital to Entrepreneurial Success (DRIVES) program began a journey of technological and pedagogical innovation to expand access to virtual business education. As a result, today, the DRIVES program finds itself well-positioned to adapt to the disruption COVID-19 is causing to schools and universities around the globe.