How the Rockefeller Foundation chooses local partners

    The Rockefeller Foundation has ambitious goals in Africa — from encouraging social entrepreneurship to boosting employment through its Digital Jobs Africa initiative, to advancing health, securing livelihoods and transforming cities.

    And in many of its ventures, the foundation is looking for partners — often local ones — to push the envelope and drive results.

    So how does the Rockefeller Foundation, one of the leading development foundations in the world, choose its partners, and what can local organizations do to win funding?

    Devex asked Mamadou Biteye, the foundation’s managing director for Africa, on the fringes of the first-ever Devex Partnerships Forum in Nairobi, Kenya. Click above to watch his answer, and stay tuned for our full interview with Biteye and more coverage of the Partnerships Forum.

    Read more about the trend of aid “going local” as well as the Devex Partnerships Forum & Career Fair in Nairobi.

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    • Rolf Rosenkranz

      Rolf Rosenkranz oversees a talented team of in-house journalists, correspondents and guest contributors located around the globe. Since joining Devex in early 2008, Rolf has been instrumental in growing its fledgling news operation into the leading online source for global development news and analysis. Previously, Rolf was managing editor at Inside Health Policy, a subscription-based news service in Washington. He has reported from Africa for the Johannesburg-based Star and its publisher, Independent News & Media, as well as the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, a German daily.