our work in Africa

We believe that solutions to Africa’s greatest challenges can come from within Africa. Our role is to support African partners whose bold ideas and creative approaches have the potential to save lives, improve health, and help farming families all across the continent. We devote half of the foundation’s resources to projects in Africa and to helping African countries learn from one another.

What We Do

Africa is a continent with both rich resources and great challenges. Since making our first grants here, we have worked closely with governments, academia, the private sector, and civil society to help advance progress across the continent and share the ideas and technologies developed in Africa throughout the world.

We focus on the 10 countries where we believe we can have the greatest impact, and we partner with organizations and individuals across 45 nations. We support a range of programs from the international to the local level that emphasize health and nutrition; disease prevention, treatment, and research; water, sanitation, and hygiene; agriculture; financial services for the poor; and policy and advocacy.

Opening Gates

1st Edition | 2017

Peek behind the curtains of our Africa office. Our new publication gives you more insight into the foundation’s work with our Africa-based partners.

Learn about Bill and Melinda Gates’ approach to philanthropy, the importance of a good idea, and how data can help us understand what women really want. Inside this issue, you’ll also meet the woman who runs our organization and learn about our program strategies that are working in Africa right now and the groups of experts behind them.

Welcome to Opening Gates