Thinking global, living local: Voices in a globalized world


The Rockefeller Foundation’s mission to promote the well-being of people throughout the world has remained unchanged since its founding in 1913. Today, that mission is applied to an era of rapid globalization. Our vision is that this century will be one in which globalization’s benefits are more widely shared and its challenges are more easily weathered. To realize this vision, the Foundation seeks to achieve two fundamental goals in our work. First, we seek to build resilience that enhances individual, community and institutional capacity to survive, adapt, and grow in the face of acute crises and chronic stresses. Second, we seek to promote growth with equity in which the poor and vulnerable have more access to opportunities that improve their lives. In order to achieve these goals, the Foundation constructs its work into time-bound initiatives that have defined objectives and strategies for impact. These initiatives address challenges that lie either within or at the intersections of five issue areas: basic survival safeguards, global health, environment and climate change, urbanization, and social and economic security. For more information, please visit

  • Tapping All Resources

    From professional assimilation of women to recycling of carbon emissions: To address future challenges the Arab Middle East needs to make full use of all it has.

  • Asia’s Future

    Economic inequality, energy shortages, rising food prices and regional security remain the greatest risks for Asian development.

  • Latin Lessons

    Hydroelectricity, service fees and manpower: How South America is dealing with population growth.

  • Closing Time

    As societies around the globe are ageing, migration is becoming a popular trend among retirees. A look at Southeast Asia.