The RDB is the government agency responsible for managing Rwanda’s national parks and protected areas. Its mission is to transform Rwanda into a dynamic hub for business, investment and innovation, with a mission to fast-track economic development in Rwanda by enabling private sector growth. We began our work with RDB in Akagera National Park in 2010.
Howard G. Buffett Foundation
The Howard G. Buffett Foundation has committed over $1 billion since its inception in 1999 to catalyze transformational change to improve the world and the lives of the most impoverished and marginalized populations. We see the Foundation’s resources as the rare risk capital that can be deployed to create change in even the most difficult of circumstances. We invest our funding in three main areas: global food security; conflict mitigation; and public safety. The Foundation has been partnering with the Republic of Rwanda to address food security, mitigate conflict and invest in conservation for more than two decades.
The Rob and Melani Walton Fund of the Walton Family Foundation has a philanthropic focus on conservation and biodiversity protection. The Foundation has supported African Parks since 2010, providing critical start-up funding for Akagera, and helped enable our work more generally. 2016 marked the second year of the most recent commitment of a US$5 million grant over five years to continue to strategically grow the African Parks portfolio with a particular emphasis on Akagera.
The Wyss Foundation is a private charitable foundation dedicated to supporting innovative, lasting solutions that improve lives, empower communities, and strengthen connections to the land. The Wyss Foundation support was instrumental to lion reintroduction at Akagera in 2015 and for the elephant translocation in Malawi in 2016. The Foundation recently made a ground-breaking commitment of US$65 million to provide catalytic funding in the form of challenge grants for five new parks, as well as continued support for Liwonde, Majete and Nkhotakota (the Malawi Parks) and Akagera over the next five years.