The binding theme of our Q1/2021 Matter of Impact goes to the heart of what The Rockefeller Foundation has always been about: Making individual opportunity universal. In everything the Foundation does, we seek transformative solutions to promote the well-being of humankind.
In this issue, Foundation President Raj Shah lays out a path for the world community to assure a truly equitable recovery by funding vaccines in every country. Two authors show how clean electrification in Nigeria can bring a multitude of boosts to the job market. Spanish-speaking domestic workers in the U.S., mostly working in the shadows, finally get both a voice and a critical safety net. A health initiative in Uganda illustrates the opportunity-enhancing powers of data. A data visualization draws the essential link between energy access and economic prosperity. And a Boston-based nonprofit jumps in to help businesses narrow the yawning racial wealth gap.
In the first of several tax-related items, a Rockefeller Foundation managing director shares her thoughts on magnifying the power of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), discussing how it can benefit American communities and promote greater equity.
All of this in the interest of making individual opportunity universal.
Only by vaccinating the whole of the developing world can the U.S. and other advanced economies assure a truly global, sustained recovery that will benefit all.
Domestic work is mostly done and paid for in the shadows, and technology has a role to play in supporting this workforce: It can enshrine and preserve existing power imbalances, or disrupt them.
By shutting down energy poverty, Africa can power up job growth.
Data has been called the “new oil” that powers everything locally and globally from business to politics to medicine. But it’s only as useful as it is accessible and timely, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.
We need to build upon the connections between energy access, agriculture, water availability, and gender equity.
Mentoring is critical for Black- and Latinx-founders, who face unique barriers in accessing capital or credit to start, grow, and sustain a business.
While some aspects of tax policy are indeed complicated, there are a few no-brainer steps that we could take tomorrow to clearly improve the stability of working people.
One for All: An Action Plan for Financing Global Vaccination and Sustainable GrowthThe ravages of Covid-19 are well known. Just as the entire world shared in the spread and pain of the pandemic, we must now share in orchestrating its end, and a transition to a just, equitable, and sustainable recovery. The pandemic cannot be contained and the rebuilding cannot fully begin until the virus is halted in every country. For this reason, we must act swiftly to achieve a global vaccination rate of up to 70 percent by the end of 2022. This Action Plan, the first in a series, highlights three mutually reinforcing goals leveraging the power of existing multilateral financial architecture.Download PDF
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Our work is focused on improving access to electricity, food, healthcare and economic opportunity. We do that through creative partnerships and innovative investments to extract more value from data and private capital.
- Nourish People and Planet Advancing a more nourishing, regenerative and equitable food system.
- End Energy Poverty We accelerate access to and consumption of reliable, renewable electricity in underserved, low-income communities worldwide, empowering hundreds of millions of people while building the climate-smart energy system of the future.
- Achieve Health for All For over 100 years, we’ve worked to advance the fields of public health and medical science to improve health outcomes for all people, everywhere.
- Expand Equity and Economic Opportunity Our vision is that every working person in America should be able to meet the basic needs of their families – and have a path to a better future.
- Seize Upon Emerging Frontiers We aim to accelerate the impact of our programmatic work through impact investing, data science, technology, and innovation to the greatest inequities in the world.