ACCESS Health International participated in the first ever Asia Regional Partners Meeting of The Rockefeller Foundation organized on March 22 and 23. The convening brought together 90 plus attendees across geographies to share updates on the work done and plans for the future.

The Rockefeller Foundation has provided catalytic initial grant support to ACCESS Health International to convene the Global Learning Collaborative for Health Systems Resilience as it techno-managerial secretariat. The update on its work was shared by Dr Uma Aysola, through a “lightening talk” on the topic, “What has the pandemic taught us?” Dr Aysola is Director of Communications, Relations, and Partnerships at ACCESS Health International.

“Our objective was to carry out visioning, learning, sharing and connecting together. As I look at the results of the meeting, I see the outlines of a vision for transformative change, one that we built by embracing transparency and building networks. We explored ideas of success, shared aspirations, strengthened conversations, and reaffirmed the priorities of The Rockefeller Foundation in 2022, the two-day Asia Regional Partners Meeting concluded with a reminder of why we do what we do,” said Ms Deepali Khanna, Managing Director, Asia Regional Office, The Rockefeller Foundation.

The key takeaway points from the sessions include creating a future led by Diversity, Equality, Inclusion, need for Asian Philanthropies to collaborate intentionally, swapping rigidity for reframing and reflection, and the transformative power of technology. 

The Rockefeller Foundation is an American private foundation established by the Rockefeller family in New York State on May 14, 1913. As of 2015, the foundation was ranked as the 39th largest U.S. foundation by total giving. By the end of 2016, assets were tallied at $4.1 billion (unchanged from 2015), with annual grants of $173 million. According to the OECD, the foundation provided US$103.8 million for development in 2019.

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