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02 Oct 2012 description

Building Better Lives Together 2011 Annual Report


One of my key goals as CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is improving how we work together. By that, I mean how we work as a team within the foundation and how we work with our larger team of partners to build better lives for the people we serve.

In the year since I wrote my last annual letter, I’ve made some important changes at the foundation—changes that will help all of us maximize the impact of our work together.


18 May 2012 description

May 17, 2012

It was raining in Addis; persistent, driving rain, punctuated by the occasional drenching downpour forcing residents to run for cover. The rainy season has come early in Ethiopia. Traveling north, through the band of hills which ring the capital, the soaked countryside was green and lush. A perfect day to visit agricultural projects in the Debre Libanos Woreda.

Ethiopia launched a highly ambitious plan in 2010 to double the size of the economy over five years, and raising productivity in agriculture is key.

29 Mar 2012 description

March 28, 2012

This week I’m in Africa, a place I go a couple of times a year to see our foundation’s work in the field. The reason I go on these trips is to see for myself what’s happening and I come away with success stories, notes on things that we need to get smarter about, and a better understanding overall. This time I’m visiting Ethiopia and Zambia, which should be very interesting.

Eliminating malaria in Zambia

19 Mar 2012 description

Temegnush Dhabi’s two-hectare farm in East Shewa in central Ethiopia looks very different today than it did three years ago. Back then, she grew mostly teff, a popular type of cereal grown in Ethiopia. Teff fetched a reasonable price at market, but demanded hard labor and expensive fertilizer.

28 Feb 2012 description

February 27, 2012

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SEATTLE -- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced the appointment of its first official representative in Ethiopia. Haddis Tadesse, who has worked as an external relations officer for the foundation since 2007, will assume the new position later this month and be based in Addis Ababa.

26 Jul 2011 description

At the foundation, we focus on stimulating lasting change. But we also recognize the need to move with urgency in times of crisis. In the Horn of Africa, the worst drought conditions in decades – exacerbated by political instability – have put more than 11 million people in immediate need of food assistance. The foundation has made two emergency response grants to the region totaling $1.7 million.

28 Feb 2011 description

Co-funded grants aim to reduce poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia as world food prices mount

The Department for International Development (DFID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced a coordinated effort to reduce hunger and poverty in developing countries by supporting agricultural research projects to help small farmers increase their yields and incomes.

07 Jun 2010 description

Gates Foundation commits $1.5 Billion for integrated women's and children's health programs

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