Our Work in Asia

The Rockefeller Foundation has been fostering collaboration in Asia for over a century, striving to enhance well-being and opportunities for millions through cross-sector partnerships

For over 100 years, we’ve worked across Asia, establishing Thailand’s first health ministry, expanding access to reliable power across India and Myanmar, and more. We support collaboration across the public, private, and philanthropic sectors to improve well-being and make opportunity accessible for millions of people.

Why it Matters


    of total global emissions are driven by Asia


    climate disasters are experienced by Asia


    people in Asia will be living in areas with lethal heat waves by 2050

Our Strategy

  • 1Power: Across the Asia-Pacific region, 325 million people currently live without access to electricity, and hundreds of millions more have unreliable access. The Rockefeller Foundation is focused on scaling access to safe, reliable, and renewable energy in underserved, low-income communities as a critical tool to move out of poverty.
  • 2Health: We envision a world in which every community health system is equipped to apply data-driven decisions to predict and prevent disease. Our work in Asia has included building some of the first public health institutions in China and Thailand, supporting improved tracking and response to pandemics along the Mekong River, and helping establish the Prince Mahidol Award Conference as a major forum for high-priority global health issues.
  • 3Food: There were 69.1 million acutely food-insecure people across Asia-Pacific region at the end of 2021. An onslaught of extreme weather events continues to aggravate the situation. Through school feeding programmes and regenerative agriculture transitions, we are committed to improve the dietary diversity of food for people in Asia, using levers of data science and innovations, evidence for public policy, and institutional procurement.

Our committed grants in Asia

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