Access To Learning &
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� B ill
and Melinda Gates Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill
& Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy,
productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people's
health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme
poverty. In the United
States, it seeks to ensure that all
people�especially those with the fewest resources�have access to the
opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, the foundation
is led by CEO Patty Stonesifer and co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the
direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.
Every day, more than 1,000 children die because they
didn�t get 15-cent measles vaccine. Almost 3 billion people around the world
live on less than $2 per day. Our foundation and our partners are trying to
solve these problems because we believe that all lives have equal value, no
matter where they are being lived�in rich countries with high-quality health
care or poor countries with almost none; in well-off suburbs with shiny new
high schools or in disadvantaged communities where most kids drop out. We also
believe that from those to whom much is given, much is expected. We benefited
from great schools, great health care, and a vibrant economic system. That is
why we feel a tremendous responsibility to give back to society.
Starting from these core values, our foundation is
guided by some key principles.
First, we concentrate on a few areas of giving so we
can learn about the best approaches and have the greatest possible impact.
We choose these issues by asking: which problems
affect the most people, and which have been neglected in the past? We also
believe in the power of science and technology to improve people�s lives. In
recent years, the world has made tremendous advances in fields ranging from
biology to information technology, and yet not everybody is benefiting from
Our goal is to help apply science and technology to
the problems of the neediest people.
Finally, our foundation is deeply committed to the
importance of partnerships. All of the issues we�re tackling will require the
talents and resources of many people and many different organizations.
To effect lasting change, we must collaborate with
governments, business, and other non-profit organizations. Our work with high
schools in the United States,
for instance, involves dozens of partners, from grass-roots community
organizations all the way up to national policymakers. Changing high schools
will require the efforts of parents, teachers, school administrators, school
districts, a range of organizations devoted to school reform, and government
leaders at every level. We need this kind of coordinated approach to make sure
we prepare every child for college, work, and citizenship.
These are just some of the ways we think about the
work we do. We are optimistic about the future. We were deeply gratified by the
gift Warren Buffet gave our foundation in June 2006, which will allow us to
roughly double our grant making starting in 2008. Warren�s incredible gift inspires us and
makes us even more aware of the opportunity and deep responsibility we have to
make a lasting impact for people in need.
Some of the problems we work on already have
solutions, and our focus needs to be on getting those solutions into the hands
of the people who need them most. Other problems have never been given the
attention they deserve, and we believe focused efforts can lead to amazing
advances. The challenges we face are great, but so is the opportunity to
improve people�s lives.
Our Works on Approach to Giving
A New Era in Giving: We
are committed to getting, and sharing, results from our grant making. Our
Approach to Giving Learn about the process we use to help us choose the issues
to work on and the organizations to which we make grants.
Our work begins with Bill and Melinda Gates�
belief that all lives have equal value. We think all people deserve the chance
to have healthy, productive lives. We have been developing a process that helps
us decide how to spend our time, effort, and money so we can accomplish that
goal for as many people as possible. This process helps us choose the issues we
will work on and the groups to which we will make grants. This page explains
and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett set our overarching priorities�such as
improving health and reducing extreme poverty in the developing world and
improving high school education in the U.S.�and they establish high-level goals
for our grant making programs. Then our program teams devise a strategy for
meeting these goals.
We do not pretend that the process is unique to
us. In fact, we have borrowed much from other organizations that have been
making grants much longer than we have. We also recognize that we don�t always
follow this process to the letter with every grant; in some cases it represents
our aspirations as much as reality. Finally, this process is evolving as we get
better at choosing strategies, making grants, and evaluating the results.
Applications Open for Annual Grant
Our Global Libraries
initiative is accepting applications for the 2012 Access to Learning and Global
Given each year by our
Global Libraries initiative, the foundation's Access to Learning and Global
Development Program, recognizes the innovative efforts of public libraries in
the developing World to connect people to information through free access to
computers and the Internet.
Services for the Poor : Nearly 2.5 billion people live on less than $2 a day.
For one person in eight,
hunger is a constant, potentially deadly, companion. The vast majority of the
poor also lack access to the most basic financial services and only a tiny
minority have access to the Internet.
The foundation's Access to
Learning and Global Development Program? Is working with motivated partners to
create opportunities for people to lift themselves out of poverty and hunger.
Our strategy is focused. Because most of the world's poorest people rely
directly on agriculture, we support efforts to help small farmers improve crop
production and market access. Because loans, insurance, and savings can help
people weather setbacks and build assets, we facilitate access to financial
services for the poor. And because information can change lives, we support
free public access to computers connected to the Internet. We also support a
range of learning opportunities, including potential new areas of long-term
giving, and we respond to emergencies through our Special Initiatives grant
We focus on helping small farmers in the developing
world, most of whom are women, by investing in efforts that can help them lift
themselves and their families out of hunger and grinding poverty.
Approximately one billion people live in extreme
poverty on $1 a day or less a great majority relies on small-scale agriculture
but many cannot produce enough food to eat, let alone generate a surplus.
Almost no country has achieved a rapid ascent from hunger and poverty without
raising agricultural productivity. Working with partners, the foundation's
Agricultural Development initiative is investing across the complete
agricultural value chain, from improved seeds and crops to market access and
related research. We focus on small farm households, mostly headed by women,
and we seek to help protect their natural environment.
We believe these essential steps can, over time, lead
to sustainable solutions that can help hundreds of millions of people move out
of poverty and hunger.
We encourage the development of innovative
financial products and services that are readily available to the people who
need them most. We also support work that is researching and stimulating the
financial services industry.
Among the world�s people who survive on less than
$2 a day, only one person in 10 has access to formal financial services, such
as loans, insurance, wire transfers, and savings accounts.
The goal of the foundation's Financial Services
for the Poor initiative is to make these services far more available so
families in developing countries can survive economic setbacks, build savings,
and improve the health and education of their children.
foundation's Financial Services for the Poor
Initiative works with partners to improve the
standard and accessibility of services such as loans, savings accounts, and
insurance for families in developing countries. We focus our funding support in
New and improved financial services products for
the poor Business models that can speed growth in service supply More
predictable cash flow to service providers Improved financial policy-making
through better data collection and analysis Develop Financial Products for the
Poor Less than one in 10 poor households has access to services that can reduce
vulnerability to financial setbacks and help build personal assets. We support
initiatives to develop new financial products, such as savings accounts or crop
insurance that maximize outreach, lower transaction costs, and reduce inequity.
In the near-term, we hope to encourage the development a variety of new or
improved products with the ability to alleviate poverty.
Business Models to Speed Growth
To provide services to the families who need them
most, we fund efforts to develop distribution models with potential to dramatically
improve the supply of financial services to the poor. In the next few years, we
plan to facilitate solutions that can leverage technology, such as mobile
phones, card systems, and credit scoring. We also encourage the development of
financial services provided by commercial banks, public post offices, credit
unions and cooperatives, and non-profit organizations including microfinance
More Predictable Capital Flow
The financial services industry that serves the
poor has grown largely due to funding from donors and social and commercial
investors. We support initiatives that unlock sources of capital that can help
grow effective institutions. When appropriate, we also encourage work that
helps donor financing become more consistent and coordinated.
Improve Financial Policy-Making
To help decision-makers set sound financial
policies, we fund efforts to improve data collection and policy analysis about
financial services for the poor. When appropriate, we support advocacy efforts
for policies that support improved access to services for poor families.
The Access to Learning and
Global Development Program?
excellent opportunities for individuals, members of civil society and
representatives from governments and none-government organizations.
The Access to
Learning and Global Development Program? Is designed to give focus on less
privilaged, disable and association valuable contact within the communities
An individual in the developing countries needs access to learning, and this
can only be achieved by having free access to computers and the internet.
Public training to assist users in accessing online information that can help
improves their lives. Technology training for library staff, outreach medical
care to underserved communities.
foundation's global libraries initiative invites applications from individuals
and organizations outside the United States that have created new ways to offer
these key services:
- Free public access to computers and the
- Public training to assist users in
accessing online information that can help improve their lives
- Technology training for library staff
- Outreach medical care to underserved
The award recipient
can receive US$1 million & brand new HP dv9627cl laptop computers.
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64 x 2 Dual Core TL-58, 2048MB, 200GB, 802.11b/g wireless LAN, DVD+/-RW
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7150M Graphics Card, Microsoft Vista Home Premium (Recertified)
Useful information for applicants
- Applications are open to
institutions/individuals outside the United States that are working with
- To be eligible, the applying
institution/individual must allow all
members of the public to use computers and the internet free of charge in a
The Access to
Learning and Global Development Program? Provides equal opportunity to all
applicants in full compliance with all applicable laws, directives and
regulations of bodies or agencies.
No person shall be discriminate against because of race, religion, color,
nationality, age, sexual orientation, or physical disability.
The existing opportunities need organisations/individuals as our representative
in giving to the communities.
Step one: Recommended applicants outside United
States, should forward their bio-data�s or CV to the BMGF headquarters through
emails: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to
obtain application form and a reference file number.
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step two: Applicants should forward the
following by e-mail or fax:
1) Name of applicant
2) Name of country of origin and residence
3) Contact address, telephone and fax numbers
4) Profession, level of education
5) Passport size photograph/identity card
Information should be send together on receipt of the above requirements to open
your application file and obtain application form.
Step three: Re-forward to the headquarters for
approval of your issued application reference file number along with your
filled application form, through fax: 12134028312.
Once the headquarters approved application, then instruction will be passing to
applicant with arrangement options to receive the grant?
applicant will either travel to the United States for claiming the grant. And
we shall give more directives after application is approved.
BMGF Zonal Coordinator
Richard Henriques oversees Finance and Accounting, Financial
Planning and Analysis, Strategic Planning, Impact Planning and Improvement, and
several special initiatives.
Application form on the Access to Learning and Global Development Program 2012.
Should be return to the coordinating headquarters through this fax number:
All applicant for 2012 Access to Learning and Global Development Program?
Application form should be return before or timeline 30th December, 2011.
to a World of Information
We have made grants to twenty-seven countries that are working to give
citizens free access to computers, the Internet, and technology training
in public libraries and reading rooms.
select country partners based on demonstrated need, the strength of their
existing library system, and their commitment to providing free access to
computers and the Internet. Collaborative partnerships are critical to success,
and we ask each community to commit significant funds to update their
libraries� infrastructure, pay for Internet connectivity, and sustain their
program for years to come.
Public libraries are natural partners
in this effort. Libraries have staff members who are dedicated to helping
others learn and can guide people in the use of computers and the Internet.
With these new tools and hands-on training, many more people around the world
will be able to realize the economic, educational, and social benefits that
information technology makes possible.
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leads the Legal team, which provides staff
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