Institution: Rockefeller Foundation
Programs designed to build public health infrastructure, eradicate disease, and increase access to healthcare have formed the core of more than a hundred years of one foundation’s strategy.
Convenings at Bellagio have tackled global challenges of every sort, from trade and finance to public health, agriculture, and food security.
Rockefeller Foundation agriculture programs begun in Mexico achieved global reach through four major research institutes. Building them was the result of partnership.
A foundation set on eradicating mosquito-born diseases had to accept that disease control was good enough.
Two decades of funding helped legitimize the study of psychiatry as a medical issue, not a problem of character.
As the scarcity of global resources became increasingly worrisome in the 20th century, these organizations more boldly approached work in population and family planning.
India was not the first country to take up the new seeds and methods developed by the Rockefeller Foundation, but the story of India’s adoption of them in the 1960s is dramatic.
The Rockefeller Foundation’s first intensive agriculture endeavor is now credited with launching the global transformation known as the “Green Revolution.”
In the 1980s, critics argued that some groups had been left behind by the Green Revolution.
Foundation policy toward reconstruction was shaped by uncertainty over Europe’s — and in particular Germany’s — future