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African Development Bank to Host US$3 Million Rockefeller Trust Fund to Spur Agriculture and Youth Employment in Africa

Busan, Korea 21 May 2018 – The African Development Bank Group has established a US$ 3 million Rockefeller Trust Fund, a joint effort of the Bank and The Rockefeller Foundation to help in spurring Africa’s transformation.

With this initial endowment, the Trust Fund will support the Bank’s activities particularly with regard to two of its priority areas, also known as the “High 5s.” Under the Bank’s “Feed Africa” priority, it will support the Leadership for Agriculture (L4Ag) Platform, a network of Africa’s finance and agriculture ministers created by The Rockefeller Foundation. Under the Bank’s “Improve the Quality of life for the People in Africa” priority, Rockefeller Trust Fund will support the Jobs for Youth for Africa Coding for Employment Programme. The Programme’s goal is to increase inclusive employment and entrepreneurship among Africa’s youth.

“We are very excited to be doing this with The Rockefeller Foundation. This is the start of something really important in a few different areas,” said Dr. Jennifer Blanke, African Development Bank Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development – and one of the agreement’s signatories. “It is not about the money, though it is good to have the financing, but it is really about the partnership,” she added.

Subsequent contributions may also be received to support other High 5s, which include “Light up & power Africa,” “Industrialize Africa” and “Integrate Africa.”

The Rockefeller Foundation works to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world, and for more than a century has done this through strategic partnership with grantees and other like-minded organizations.

“For The Rockefeller Foundation, a partnership with AfDB is critical, as a major player and actor that has the mandate to lead on African transformation – not just agriculture – but also African economic and social transformation,” said Mamadou Biteye, OBE, The Rockefeller Foundation’s Managing Director for Africa. “We hope [our contribution] is going to be catalytic in bringing together resources – not just financial – that will allow the African Development Bank to deliver on its High 5s,” he said.

The Rockefeller Trust Fund will complement AfDB’s efforts to catalyze Africa’s transformation over the next decade by leveraging its own resources and significantly scale up development finance for the benefit of its Regional Member Countries.

The Rockefeller Trust Fund is the Bank’s second formal collaboration with a philanthropic organization, following the establishment of the Bill and Melinda Gates Trust Fund in March 2015.

About the African Development Bank Group

The African Development Bank Group is Africa’s premier development finance institution. It comprises three distinct entities: the African Development Bank, the African Development Fund and the Nigeria Trust Fund. On the ground in 44 African countries with an external office in Japan, the African Development Bank contributes to the economic development and the social progress of its 54 regional member states.

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About The Rockefeller Foundation

For more than 100 years, The Rockefeller Foundation’s mission has been to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world. Together with partners and grantees, The Rockefeller Foundation strives to catalyze and scale transformative innovations, create unlikely partnerships that span sectors, and take risks others cannot – or will not. For more information, please visit

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Olivia Ndong Obiang, Principal Communications Officer, African Development Bank,, +225 2026 4584

Achieng’ Otieno, Communications Officer, the Rockefeller Foundation Africa Regional office,, +254 704 848 792.