South Africa’s rural North West Province does not have a medical school, a serious impediment to improving primary health care in the region.
One of The Atlantic Philanthropies’ biggest, and most well documented, success stories has been its partnership with the government of the Republic of Ireland on the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions. Atlantic’s investment helped leverage more than $1.3 billion in overall spending on basic research facilities at Irish universities, transforming the Irish higher education system, which in the late 1990s was spending only 11% of the European norm on basic research. In 2012, all the universities in Ireland, North and South, jointly conferred honorary degrees on Chuck Feeney, Atlantic’s founder, in recognition of his efforts.
For Laying Foundations for Change, photographer Chien-Chi Chang travelled the length of Vietnam, a country in which The Atlantic Philanthropies made more than $178 million in charitable investments in the health care and education systems.
Chang, who previously had worked in the country for his project “Double Happiness,” selected three young Vietnamese photographers to work collaboratively with him.
University education has been a primary focus for Atlantic in Ireland, North and South. It was therefore fitting that photographers Paul Seawright, Head of School at Ulster University’s Belfast School of Art, and Donovan Wylie, a lecturer there, attended the launch of Laying Foundations for Change together with recent graduates of their program, Andrew Rankin and Richard Wade.
Proposals to fund physical development projects tend to get a cold reception in philanthropy.
It would be difficult to exaggerate how bleak the Irish research landscape looked. It has been totally transformed, thanks in large part to the catalytic initiative shown by Atlantic.
– Dr. Hugh R. Brady, president emeritus of University College Dublin
September 17, 2015—Taoiseach Enda Kenny today launched “Laying Foundations for Change: Capital Investments of The Atlantic Philanthropies”
Chuck Feeney has done remarkable things for Ireland, North and South: transforming the higher education system, deepening respect for human rights, investing in programmes on ageing, palliative care and children services, and moving the peace process forward to anchor a more stable society on our island.
“It was primitive. The approach to health services for the aging was like fire fighting—bouncing from one crisis to another.”
– Professor Rose Anne Kenny, MD