The Rockefeller Foundation

CEA served as a strategy partner to the Rockefeller Foundation’s Revaluing Ecosystems team, scoping new oceans and freshwater initiatives.

Assessment of philanthropic opportunities in freshwater

In the winter of 2014, the Rockefeller Foundation (RF) selected CEA as one of its search partners to evaluate potential opportunities for philanthropic engagement in freshwater, globally. Specifically, RF was interested in sectoral competition for freshwater and its impacts on ecosystems and poor people, as a potential initiative within its Revalue Ecosystems program. CEA worked closely with RF staff to provide extensive and highly structured input into high level decisions and RF regarding programmatic direction.

Oceans and Fisheries Initiative: country scoping and strategy development

The Rockefeller Foundation’s Oceans and Fisheries Initiative seeks to restore fishery health in a manner that enhances ecosystem outcomes of small-scale fisheries management, while simultaneously promoting more equitable opportunities for poor and vulnerable people. One of RF’s theories of change is that market forces represent the most efficient means to restore the productivity of small-scale fisheries and reverse fisheries declines at a significant scale. To support the development of its programmatic strategy, RF asked CEA to test the applicability of this theory of change in key developing economies. CEA conducted in-country scoping efforts on behalf of RF in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Peru, South Africa, Mozambique, Senegal, and Gambia.


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