Latest Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation News

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...

Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates finalize their divorce

Aug. 03, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The divorce of Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates has been finalized. The Microsoft co-founder and his wife announced in May they were ending their 27-year marriage and on Monday a King County Superior Court judge signed the dissolution decree. The New...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jul. 30, 2021 14:23 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CDC encourages...

MacKenzie Scott, French Gates join to fund gender equality

Jul. 29, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

An initiative from philanthropists Melinda French Gates, MacKenzie Scott and the family foundation of billionaire Lynn Schusterman awarded $40 million Thursday to four promoting gender equality projects in tech, higher education, caregiving and minority communities. The...

Denied ticket over COVID, Guinean Olympian clings to dream

Jul. 29, 2021 02:41 AM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Fatoumata Yarie Camara is used to being thrown to the ground and getting up again, getting back into the fight. She's dedicated her life to wrestling, a sport that breeds tenacity. On the mat, she qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, the only athlete from Guinea to do...

For South Sudan mothers, COVID-19 shook a fragile foundation

Jul. 22, 2021 04:09 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Paska Itwari Beda knows hunger all too well. The young mother of five children — all under age 10 — sometimes survives on one bowl of porridge a day, and her entire family is lucky to scrape together a single daily meal, even with much of the money Beda makes...