The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest private grant-making foundation in the world. In addition to supporting programs focused on education, hunger and poverty, the Gates Foundation plays a critical role in the global health arena by providing funding to a wide range of global health organizations (e.g., United Nations agencies, global health partnerships, and non-profit and non-governmental agencies). Since its inception in 1994, the foundation has invested more than $15 billion in its global health program with the expressed aim of harnessing “advances in science and technology to save lives in developing countries.” In its search for innovations that will have a “unique and lasting impact,” the Gates Foundation’s global health program supports efforts to discover, develop, and deliver practical, affordable vaccines, medicines, and other health tools that will have the greatest long-term benefits for the greatest number of people.

The Gates Foundation played a role in helping to conceive develop of the idea of this public-private partnership focused on supply chain management. In addition, the Gates Foundation provided more than $500,000 in funding, which was supplemented by contributions from other partners. This funding was used to provide consulting support for ADP to facilitate knowledge transfer from the Coca-Cola system and provide access to training for MSD staff. 


Photo Caption: A woman holds bags of maize seeds provided by Tanseed, an AGRA grantee,
near Morogoro, Tanzania.

 Background Resources

Browse the website of the Gates Foundation's Global Health Program.

Watch the video below to see how the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has worked to improve lives around the world.

 Partners' Perspectives

In March 2009, a meeting was held between The Coca-Cola Company and the Gates Foundation..regarding ways in which a partnership could be developed to support The Global Fund grant performance. The Gates Foundation leg came from Todd Summers who was working for the Gates Foundation, but was also sitting on The Global Fund board....During the discussions supply chain management was identified as an obvious competency of The Coca-Cola system and perhaps a way in which the Global Fund grant performance system for the recipient countries could be utilized.” - Senior Private Sector Officer, Africa Unit, The Global Fund