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Women step up, fill the gaps in Burkina Faso's virus fight

Nov. 25, 2021 03:06 AM EST

KAYA, Burkina Faso (AP) — Mariama Sawadogo sits in a small studio, translating notes from French to the local language of Moore and scribbling talking points in the margins. Transmission, prevention, vaccination — Sawadogo hits these topics in her bimonthly radio show on Zama FM,...

An author's reminder: Philanthropy isn't defined by money

Oct. 27, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

Lucy Bernholz talks about Chex Mix a lot. Bernholz, a senior research scholar at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, doesn’t want people to think of only one type of giving — the headline-grabbing, 10-figure pledges from billionaires and...

Gates Foundation to spend $120M on access for COVID-19 pill

Oct. 20, 2021 10:49 AM EDT

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says it will spend $120 million to boost access to generic versions of drugmaker Merck’s antiviral COVID-19 pill for lower income countries, if the drug gets approved by regulators. The private foundation said in a statement...

Women left behind: Gender gap emerges in Africa's vaccines

Oct. 14, 2021 04:33 AM EDT

SARE GIBEL, Gambia (AP) — The health outreach workers who drove past Lama Mballow's village with a megaphone handed out T-shirts emblazoned with the words: “I GOT MY COVID-19 VACCINE!” By then, the women in Sare Gibel already had heard the rumors on social media:...

Women, minorities manage 17% of major foundations' assets

Sep. 30, 2021 14:09 PM EDT

Less than 20% of the assets held by major foundations is invested by outside firms run by women or people of color, according to a report released Thursday. Commissioned by the Knight Foundation, the report found that 30 of the largest grantmakers deployed a total of $11...

Global Citizen Live generates $1.1 billion to fight poverty

Sep. 27, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Global Citizen Live, a 24-hour concert that featured performances from Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Lopez, BTS and Elton John and dozens of other stars, raised more than $1.1 billion in commitments and pledges over the weekend to fight extreme poverty. ...

Philanthropies pledge billions during UN meeting

Sep. 23, 2021 13:39 PM EDT

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced plans Thursday to spend more than $900 million over the next five years to curb global malnutrition, a move to stem the rise in world hunger during the COVID-19 pandemic. It's one of several pledges private donors made this week as world leaders...

Gates, Rockefeller warn leaders about pandemic’s impact

Sep. 14, 2021 10:22 AM EDT

Just ahead of the annual meeting of the U.N. General Assembly that opens on Tuesday, leaders of the Gates and Rockefeller Foundations — grant makers that have committed billions of dollars to fight the coronavirus — are warning that without larger government and philanthropic investments...