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Rockefeller Foundation at 100: Targets Young, Africa’s Growing Cities

AllAfrica (interview)   in  ยท
October 13, 2014

An agriculture economist by training, Mamadou Biteye has worked in many parts of Africa for organizations as diverse as the African Development Foundation, Oxfam and the World Conservation Union. He holds two Masters degrees and a Bachelor of Science and speaks five languages. As managing director for Africa at the Rockefeller Foundation, he oversees Africa-wide initiatives from the foundation’s regional office in Nairobi, Kenya. He spoke to AllAfrica about the foundation at 100.

The Rockefeller Foundation has been observing its centennial year. Would you talk a bit about what the aim of ‘promoting the well being of humanity’ means for a century-old institution?

In 1913 John D. Rockefeller defined the mission for what would become the Rockefeller Foundation. That mission, which really is a timeless mission, is something the foundation has been working hard to implement but also has been revisiting occasionally – because the world we live in is a dynamic world. What ‘promoting the well being of humanity’ meant 100 years ago is different from what it means today.

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