Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

0 Is the ‘golden age of philanthropy’ a sign of good times or bad?

CBS News’ 60 Minutes recently did a piece featuring Bill and Melinda Gates, along with Warren Buffett and a select group of other billionaires, describing the motivation behind a philanthropic initiative called The Giving Pledge. Charlie Rose hosted the chat, titled The Giving Pledge: A New Club for Billionaires, briefly…

1 Gates-backed test malaria vaccine is celebrated, half glass full

African child with cerebral malariaMike Urban An experimental malaria vaccine, made by GSK with backing and support on the research side from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Seattle-based PATH, has (again) been shown to protect half the children in the study were immunized against malaria. The results, announced…

5 GM food fight: Why the Gates Foundation wants to make rice golden

Imagine if you could prevent hundreds of millions of children from blindness, half a million from dying and others from suffering all other sorts of malnutrition maladies by simply dropping a missing vitamin in their daily bowl of rice. That’s essentially what scientists, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, hope to accomplish with a new form of rice dubbed ‘golden rice.’

1 A chat with outgoing chief of the Gates Foundation, Jeff Raikes

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the world’s biggest philanthropy, but big doesn’t by itself translate into best. Making the Gates Foundation better has been Jeff Raikes’ job for the last five years or so. He has presided over dramatic growth – from a few hundred employees to now more than 1200 – and a significant reorganization internally.

0 Gates Foundation CEO Jeff Raikes to step down

Raikes has presided over rapid growth and a major internal re-organization at the Gates Foundation, including efforts made to improve the philanthropy’s relationship with grantees, its reputed ‘sensitivity’ to criticism and transparency concerns.

2 Gates-backed tech toilet poops out in India

One of the most popular missions lately for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been its effort to re-invent the toilet, an initiative it launched nearly two years ago to great media fanfare. Lack of access to proper sanitation is a huge global public health threat, and need.

0 Bill Gates’ humanitarian plan for world (vaccination) domination

Everyone knows Bill Gates loves vaccines. Yet few seem to appreciate just how revolutionary and accidental is this love affair. Promoting this powerful, fundamental tool for children’s health may look these days like the obvious humanitarian thing for a philanthropist to do. But it wasn’t either obvious or that celebrated when the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation started down this path in the 1990s.

0 Geek Heretic explains why technology can’t solve the poverty problem

Kentaro Toyama is a geek heretic, or at least, that’s what Tom Paulson dubbed him last year. Now it’s the working title for Toyama’s upcoming book. Toyama is a renowned computer scientist and expert in computer-human visual interactions. He helped launch Microsoft Research in India in 2005 and was dispatched…

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