Gates Foundation looking to expand in Africa

In his visit to Ethiopia, Bill Gates learned about how sorghum is central to the African country’s fight against poverty. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is looking to expand in Africa, including in Ethiopia. Photo by: Gates Foundation / CC BY-NC-ND

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is set to “modestly” expand its presence in Ethiopia and Nigeria this year and is looking into opening new offices in both East and West Africa.

“[These offices] are about helping to provide on-the-ground relationships in real time with government, with partners, with donors and with some of our grantees,” Mark Suzman, president of global policy and advocacy at the organization, told Devex in an exclusive interview in London.

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    Anna Patton is a freelance journalist and media facilitator specializing in global development and social enterprise. Currently based in London, she previously worked with development NGOs and EU/government institutions in Berlin, Brussels and Dar es Salaam as well as in the U.K., and has led media projects with grass-roots communities in Uganda and Kenya. Anna has an master’s degree in European studies — specializing in EU development policy — and is a fellow of the On Purpose social enterprise program.