New public-private partnerships for Africa and Asia


Alliance magazine

Alliance magazine

Alliance magazine

On 19 August the Rockefeller Foundation and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) announced that they are collaborating on a $100 million effort to help regions of Africa and Asia respond more quickly and effectively to weather disasters linked to climate change, the Thomson Reuters Foundation reports.

According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Global Resilience Partnership will focus on South and South East Asia and the sub-Saharan Sahel and Horn of Africa, where typhoons, floods, earthquakes and drought are increasingly destroying lives and derailing economic development. The partnership’s initial project will be a competition for proposals on making communities more resilient to extreme weather, food insecurity and the effects of climate change.

Earlier this month, on 4-6 August, in conjunction with the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington DC, more than $200 million in public-private partnerships was announced in support of efforts to improve education, health and economic opportunity for over a million people in Africa.

Announced at the Investing in Our Future at the US-Africa Leaders Summit symposium, the initiatives include Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment, a $200 million partnership between the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. With investments of $150 million from PEPFAR and up to $50 million from CIFF, the programme will work to double, to 600,000, the number of children in ten African countries receiving life-saving antiretroviral therapy over the next two years.

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