The Personal Journey That Moved the Gates Foundation to Focus on Gender Equality

The Personal Journey That Moved the Gates Foundation to Focus on Gender Equality

In recent years, the Gates Foundation has emerged as one of the most important funders of women’s empowerment. Melinda Gates has driven that dramatically stepped-up giving, motivated by experiences she describes in her moving new book.

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To Crack the Poverty Code, a Big Bet on Data-Driven Interventions to Fuel Upward Mobility

To Crack the Poverty Code, a Big Bet on Data-Driven Interventions to Fuel Upward Mobility

Data is at the center of a project to design city-level economic mobility programs backed by Bloomberg, Gates, and Ballmer. But with ten cities selected and ready to develop their ideas, is this technocratic model likely to achieve lasting impact?

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Data Drive: Behind the Gates Foundation's Latest Big Investment to Reduce Child Mortality

Data Drive: Behind the Gates Foundation's Latest Big Investment to Reduce Child Mortality

More than 5 million children under age five die every year, and Gates is hungry for better data on what’s killing them—and how to save lives. It’s now given over $250 million to an NGO on the forefront of this quest. But is more data really needed?

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The Gates Foundation’s Latest Move to Help Teachers Become More Effective

The Gates Foundation’s Latest Move to Help Teachers Become More Effective

With the foundation more than a year into its education strategy reboot, we’re keeping a close eye on how its new priorities are playing out. One focus: making teachers’ professional development opportunities more aligned with high-quality curricula with proven track records.

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Promising Results: With an Infusion of Funding, a Teacher Prep Outfit Is Scaling Up

Promising Results: With an Infusion of Funding, a Teacher Prep Outfit Is Scaling Up

Despite big setbacks, the Gates Foundation hasn’t given up its quest to improve teaching, backing diverse work in this space in the past few years. Most recently, it teamed up with other K-12 funders to expand the reach of a center at Texas Tech.

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Less Neglect, More Progress on Diseases That Affect Over 1 Billion People

Less Neglect, More Progress on Diseases That Affect Over 1 Billion People

Helped along by new donors like Richard Branson and some tech billionaires, the fight against neglected tropical diseases—such as trachoma, which causes blindness—is gaining momentum and scoring more gains.

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So Close, Yet So Far: Why is HIV/AIDS Funding Decreasing?

So Close, Yet So Far: Why is HIV/AIDS Funding Decreasing?

Nearly 1 million people die annually from HIV/AIDS, despite antiretroviral drugs that can extend their lives. And while the world’s billionaires sit on trillions of dollars, private donors are doing less to combat the epidemic. What’s going on here?

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Is This the End of Polio? Rotary Hangs in to Eradicate the Disease Once and For All

Is This the End of Polio? Rotary Hangs in to Eradicate the Disease Once and For All

Philanthropy can stick with a cause over decades without having to worry about the patience of voters or shareholders running thin. A case in point: the long slog against polio. Rotary recently gave another $100 million for eradication.

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"Local Context." The New Gates K-12 Strategy is Coming Into Sharper Focus

"Local Context." The New Gates K-12 Strategy is Coming Into Sharper Focus

Nearly a half-billion dollars in grants will go out the door as part of the Gates Foundation’s new initiative to support school networks. We look at what kinds of groups are winning support as the money starts to flow.

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Game Changer? Just Maybe. Why Gates' Move Into Anti-Poverty Work Is a Big Deal

Game Changer? Just Maybe. Why Gates' Move Into Anti-Poverty Work Is a Big Deal

In a major strategic shift, the Gates Foundation is investing in curbing poverty at home. While it’s starting relatively small, with a $158 million initiative, the move has big implications for the anti-poverty field.

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A Science Funder Connects STEM Grad Students to Global Health—and the Gates Foundation

A Science Funder Connects STEM Grad Students to Global Health—and the Gates Foundation

The Hertz Foundation has been awarding fellowships to STEM postdoctoral students for more than 60 years. A new program is sending students in diverse scientific fields to work in health and development at the Gates Foundation.

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Dept. of Existential Threats: Who's Worried About Superbugs?

Dept. of Existential Threats: Who's Worried About Superbugs?

A group of heavy hitters, now including the Gates Foundation, are backing a research effort to ensure that global health systems aren’t outflanked by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The stakes could hardly be higher.

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Wanted: Visionary Research to Accelerate Gains in Education

Wanted: Visionary Research to Accelerate Gains in Education

Two top K-12 funders have mounted an ambitious research and development quest to find “transformative education solutions.” The hope is to accelerate change in a field that can feel like a brutal slog.

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Is Gates Gearing Up for a Fight Against Poverty at Home?

Is Gates Gearing Up for a Fight Against Poverty at Home?

Do Bill and Melinda Gates, along with the foundation they command, really have either the bandwidth or appetite to take on a sprawling challenge that has long thwarted government and philanthropy alike? 

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It’s the World’s Biggest Health Problem. Who’s Paying Attention to Malnutrition?

It’s the World’s Biggest Health Problem. Who’s Paying Attention to Malnutrition?

Around 2 billion people worldwide suffer from some form of malnutrition, which can have devastating long-term effects on children. We look at how top funders are mobilizing around this issue. 

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