Our Work in Africa
We work with partners in Africa to make smart investments so that together we can achieve real and lasting impact for those with the greatest challenges. Our investments range from cutting edge research in health and agriculture in the world’s most high-tech laboratories, to innovative approaches to delivering basic public goods and services to families and communities. Across the continent, there are opportunities for catalytic change which can transform people’s lives. Our efforts cover nearly all of the foundation’s key program areas such as agriculture, family planning, financial services for the poor, HIV, malaria, polio, and vaccines delivery. We look to leverage Africa’s aspiration for the best information, tools and services so that we can enable more people, especially women and the youth, to prosper from economic opportunities on the continent.
We have Country Representatives based in Ethiopia, Nigeria, and South Africa who work to advance our priorities in those countries and deepen our relationship with partners in the public and private sectors and other organizations.
Ayo Ajayi, Director
Our Work in Ethiopia
Our vision in Ethiopia is to reduce poverty and help all Ethiopians live healthy and productive lives. We have made over 125 grants to partners working in Ethiopia to improve agricultural productivity and increase the coverage of life-saving family health services. Development of health services and transformation of the agriculture sector are top priorities for the Ethiopian government. We are working with partners to unlock the country’s potential and help achieve sustainable rises in productivity for farming families through increasing knowledge and access to suitable tools, services and markets. In family health, our work supports mothers, newborns and children by increasing access to basic services and life-saving medicines.
Haddis Tadesse, Interim Director
Grant making in Ethiopia
Our Work in Nigeria
The foundation has over 100 grants in Nigeria with partners across a broad range of health, agriculture, financial services and other development initiatives. Underlying all of our efforts in Nigeria is a desire to give every person a chance at leading a healthy and productive life.
We aim to reduce the number of preventable deaths by focusing on strengthening childhood immunization programs, eradicating polio, ensuring that women are able to seek healthcare during pregnancy, and improving access to primary healthcare services. We collaborate with smallholder farmers to increase food production by focusing on improving agricultural productivity of priority crops such as yam, cassava, sorghum, and rice. We are expanding the provision of financial services for the poor, and increasing access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities. The foundation has an important partnership with the Dangote Foundation and the Kano State Government to improve access to life saving vaccines and primary healthcare in Kano State.
Mairo Mandara, Nigeria Country Representative
Grant making in Nigeria
Our Work in South Africa
Our work in South Africa is focused on tackling the country’s high incidences of HIV and tuberculosis. We are working with research and development partners on new diagnosis and preventative tools as well funding international effort such as the Global Fund. South Africa has renowned scientists and infrastructure to conduct research and develop new tools and products that can be beneficial to the country and continent. We have made over 125 grants to organizations working in South Africa across a range of programs including HIV, TB, family health, and agriculture.
David Allen, South Africa Country Representative
Grant making in South Africa
Our Work in Other African Countries
Our work in Africa is certainly not confined to Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Africa where we have Country Representatives. The foundation has wide ranging investments across the continent to support ambitious goals in primary health care, agriculture development, financial services for the poor, and water and sanitation. These include support for increased access to family planning services in Senegal, Kenya, Malawi and Zambia; working with partners in Tanzania and Uganda to help farming families increase their livelihoods from agriculture; and supporting public and private-sector partners to find innovative solutions to providing financial services to the poor in Kenya and Tanzania. Our investments and support for the GAVI Alliance help reach children across the continent with life-saving vaccines, and investments in the Global Fund are saving lives among those affected by HIV, TB and malaria. While we have a global perspective, we always seek to adapt ideas and investments to local needs and context.