Grantmaking During Global Turmoil: The Rockefeller Foundation’s President Dr. Rajiv Shah


Dr. Rajiv Shah, president of The Rockefeller Foundation, served on the National Security Council and elevated the role of development as part of our nation’s foreign policy while he was USAID Administrator. Dr. Shah, our guest this week on “Conversations of Health Care,” explained that the war in Gaza requires a need to balance defense, diplomacy and development.

His new book Big Bets: How Large-Scale Change Really Happens, takes readers inside past efforts to secure federal funding for humanitarian aid. These lessons are even more important as President Biden is now asking for $105 billion for international conflicts.

From COVID vaccines to climate change, Dr. Shah is at the center of it all. In 2021, The Rockefeller Foundation awarded $440 million in grants to tackle these issues and many others. Hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter ask Dr. Shah to explain how he and his team make big bets during a time of global turmoil.

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