The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation http://kplu.org en Gates Foundation Earns 'Very Poor' Scores on Transparency http://kplu.org/post/gates-foundation-earns-very-poor-scores-transparency <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation should be more transparent about its aid spending in developing countries, according to an advocacy group that tracks international aid organizations.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The group Publish What You Fund ranked the Gates Foundation </span>43rd<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> out of 67 humanitarian agencies in transparency. The agency earned scores noted as “very poor” in the aid transparency index report for failing to publish their spending in a useful and timely manner.</span></p><p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Monica Spain 10667 at http://kplu.org Gates Foundation Earns 'Very Poor' Scores on Transparency Seattle's William Foege wins Presidential Medal of Freedom http://kplu.org/post/seattles-william-foege-wins-presidential-medal-freedom <p>President Obama has announced the recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Among the honorees is William Foege. The Vashon Island doctor developed a vaccination plan that wiped out small pox.</p><p> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 23:49:06 +0000 Erin Hennessey 4869 at http://kplu.org Seattle's William Foege wins Presidential Medal of Freedom How the ‘Battle in Seattle’ led to a global health epicenter http://kplu.org/post/how-%E2%80%98battle-seattle%E2%80%99-led-global-health-epicenter <p>How did Seattle get to be a world epicenter for global health?</p><p>Most people would say that it&rsquo;s due to the simple fact that the <a href="http://www.gatesfoundation.org/Pages/home.aspx" target="_blank">Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation</a> is here ... but Matt Sparke would say it&rsquo;s more complicated than that.</p><p><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/10/how-the-battle-in-seattle-led-to-a-global-health-epicenter/"><strong>Read more on Humanosphere.</strong></a></p><p> Mon, 03 Oct 2011 19:25:16 +0000 Tom Paulson 2783 at http://kplu.org How the ‘Battle in Seattle’ led to a global health epicenter Gates announces new push to conquer deadly rotavirus http://kplu.org/post/gates-announces-new-push-conquer-deadly-rotavirus <p>It kills anywhere from a quarter-million to half-a-million kids every year and is one of the world&rsquo;s leading causes of child mortality.</p><p>But it wasn&rsquo;t too long ago hardly anybody had even heard of it: Rotavirus. It is the killer bug that set off Bill Gates and gave direction to his philanthropy. Now his foundation is launching a major new global jab against rotavirus and another big killer of young children, pneumococcal disease.</p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 21:30:00 +0000 Tom Paulson 2743 at http://kplu.org Gates announces new push to conquer deadly rotavirus Gates Foundation identifies plant vaccination as new initiative http://kplu.org/post/gates-foundation-identifies-plant-vaccination-new-initiative <p>The Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation has done a lot to boost the science and delivery of vaccines for human health and to assist in the fight against disease.</p><p>Now, the Seattle philanthropy would like to start vaccinating crop plants to help poor farmers and hopes solutions will emerge through its next round of <a href="http://www.gatesfoundation.org/global-health/Pages/grand-challenges-explorations.aspx" target="_blank">Grand Challenges Explorations</a>.</p> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 21:30:17 +0000 Tom Paulson 2481 at http://kplu.org Gates Foundation identifies plant vaccination as new initiative Insecticide-resistant mosquitoes challenging Gates malaria efforts http://kplu.org/post/insecticide-resistant-mosquitoes-challenging-gates-malaria-efforts <p>The World Health Organization has long been worried over reports that <a href="http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110705/full/475019a.html">mosquitoes were increasingly resistant</a> to chemical-treated bed nets, a mainstay in the Gates Foundation-led, worldwide campaign against malaria.</p> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 18:43:07 +0000 Larry Johnson 2359 at http://kplu.org Insecticide-resistant mosquitoes challenging Gates malaria efforts Gates Foundation still struggling with 'transparency' http://kplu.org/post/gates-foundation-still-struggling-transparency <p>While the Gates Foundation is probably more transparent than many, if not most, private foundations, it is still struggling with a public relations problem identified a year ago:&nbsp; Many felt then that the Seattle philanthropy was difficult to work with and fairly uncommunicative.</p><p>In its new annual report released today, Gates CEO Jeff Raikes said, &quot;Many grantees said we are inconsistent and unclear about our decision-making process and our programmatic strategies. They also said we should be more welcoming of their feedback.&quot;</p> Wed, 03 Aug 2011 20:50:33 +0000 Tom Paulson 2242 at http://kplu.org Gates Foundation still struggling with 'transparency' Bono's ONE Campaign growing in Seattle http://kplu.org/post/bonos-one-campaign-growing-seattle <p>How were world governments, under constant pressure to cut back on foreign aid due to the economic downturn, convinced to support the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization to the tune of $4.3 billion?</p><p>Bill Gates and his foundation likely had some influence, sure. He&rsquo;s long been a big proponent of vaccines. But even the Microsoft billionaire can&rsquo;t always get governments to do what he wants. That&rsquo;s where his friend Bono and the ONE Campaign come in.</p> Wed, 15 Jun 2011 22:00:04 +0000 Tom Paulson 1879 at http://kplu.org Bono's ONE Campaign growing in Seattle Gates' "conspicuous" new building http://kplu.org/post/gates-conspicuous-new-building <p>The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is trying to make its work more conspicuous.&nbsp; That&rsquo;s one explanation the billionaire couple gave for its new campus during a grand-opening event Thursday night.</p><p>About a thousand people packed into the campus&#39; new grand atrium, which has a wall of glass four stories tall.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 03 Jun 2011 13:01:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 1780 at http://kplu.org Gates' "conspicuous" new building Gates family, employees celebrate opening of new campus http://kplu.org/post/gates-family-employees-celebrate-opening-new-campus <p>More than a thousand workers at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have moved into their new campus across the street from Seattle Center. Celebrations are planned tonight (Thursday) and this weekend. Foundation leaders say they want to be more visible to the public.</p><p>(A public open-house is this Saturday, from 10am-4pm. Advance <a href="https://www.ustechsregister.com/NeighborhoodWelcome/">registration is required, here.</a>)</p> Thu, 02 Jun 2011 22:08:05 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 1777 at http://kplu.org Gates family, employees celebrate opening of new campus Gates Foundation big campus opens across from Seattle Center http://kplu.org/post/gates-foundation-big-campus-opens-across-seattle-center <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-971184.mp3</p><p>Everything about the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is looking big these days.</p> Tue, 31 May 2011 04:59:54 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 1684 at http://kplu.org Gates Foundation big campus opens across from Seattle Center Bill Gates: Key to beating climate change is energy innovation. Is it? http://kplu.org/post/bill-gates-key-beating-climate-change-energy-innovation-it <p>Bill Gates was the keynote speaker for Seattle-based <a href="http://climatesolutions.org/" target="_blank">Climate Solutions</a>&lsquo; annual fund-raising breakfast today.</p><p>The gist of Gates&rsquo; message: The best way to fight climate change is to create forms of energy production that significantly reduce carbon emissions and are cheap enough to be of value to poor people worldwide.</p><p><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/05/bill-gates-says-key-to-beating-climate-change-is-market-based-energy-innovations/"><strong>Read more:</strong></a> Tue, 10 May 2011 19:05:51 +0000 Tom Paulson 1567 at http://kplu.org Bill Gates: Key to beating climate change is energy innovation. Is it? "Geek heretic": Technology cannot end poverty http://kplu.org/post/geek-heretic-technology-cannot-end-poverty <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxutDM2r534&amp;feature=player_embedded</p><p>Kentaro Toyama is clearly a heretic. A geek heretic.</p><p>And, based on his career path, I would guess brilliant.</p><p>A computer scientist currently at the University of California, Berkeley, Toyama co-founded <a href="http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/labs/india/" target="_blank">Microsoft Research India</a> in 2005 and remained there as assistant managing director until 2009.</p><p>If you&rsquo;re not familiar with what they do at Microsoft Research, think artificial intelligence, computer vision, terabyte juggling, high-octane mathematics and the craziest things you can try to do with bits, bytes or any kind of information technology.</p><p><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/05/geek-heretic-technology-cannot-end-poverty/"><strong>Read more:</strong> Mon, 09 May 2011 16:08:36 +0000 Tom Paulson 1554 at http://kplu.org The Gates Foundation's new headquarters - a sneak preview http://kplu.org/post/gates-foundations-new-headquarters-sneak-preview <p>I got a sneak preview of the <a href="http://www.gatesfoundation.org/500-Fifth/Pages/new-campus-headquarters.aspx" target="_blank">new Seattle headquarters of the Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation</a> Wednesday evening, courtesy of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Foege" target="_blank">Bill Foege</a>, one of several Bills there.</p><p>Foege&rsquo;s title at the Gates Foundation is &ldquo;<a href="http://www.gatesfoundation.org/leadership/Pages/william-foege.aspx" target="_blank">senior </a><a href="http://www.gatesfoundation.org/leadership/Pages/william-foege.aspx" target="_blank">fellow</a>.&rdquo; But that doesn&rsquo;t really tell you much, except to imply he&rsquo;s old. It certainly doesn&rsquo;t tell you how tall he is. He&rsquo;s a very tall senior fellow.</p><p>More importantly than what I think, Foege appears to have been one of the key inspirations for Bill and Melinda Gates&rsquo; philanthropic mission. That&rsquo;s basically what Melinda Gates said yesterday to the philanthropy&rsquo;s staff after introducing those attending to their new home.</p><p><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/04/two-tall-bills-the-gates-foundations-new-campus-and-some-trees/">Read more: Thu, 28 Apr 2011 17:03:33 +0000 Tom Paulson 1286 at http://kplu.org The Gates Foundation's new headquarters - a sneak preview Eco-farming best for poor, UN expert says, not Gates Foundation approach http://kplu.org/post/eco-farming-best-poor-un-expert-says-not-gates-foundation-approach <p>One of the Gates Foundation&rsquo;s primary goals is to improve the lives of smallholder farmers in Africa by helping improve agricultural productivity.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">On Tuesday, the United Nations issued a report that appeared to challenge the Seattle philanthropy&rsquo;s approach.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">The Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation have launched what they are calling a new&nbsp;<a href="http://www.agra-alliance.org/section/about" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 102, 204); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank">Green Revolution for Africa</a>. It is a multi-pronged&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gatesfoundation.org/agriculturaldevelopment/Pages/overview.aspx#" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 102, 204); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank">strategy that tends to favor scientific and technological solutions&nbsp;</a>and that some see as too heavily dependent upon Western-style, industrialized farming techniques.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">This week, the UN issued a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.srfood.org/index.php/en/component/content/article/1-latest-news/1174-report-agroecology-and-the-right-to-food" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 102, 204); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank">report urging &ldquo;eco-farming&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;as the best strategy for improving farming in the developed world. In it, the author appears to challenge the wisdom of the Gates Foundation&rsquo;s approach in agricultural development.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; "><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/03/eco-farming-could-feed-the-world-un-expert-says-challenging-gates-foundations-approach/">Read More</a></p><p> Thu, 10 Mar 2011 18:53:05 +0000 Tom Paulson 970 at http://kplu.org Eco-farming best for poor, UN expert says, not Gates Foundation approach