Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donations made to Makerere University

This is an online portal with information on donations that were announced publicly (or have been shared with permission) that were of interest to Vipul Naik. The git repository with the code for this portal, as well as all the underlying data, is available on GitHub. All payment amounts are in current United States dollars (USD). The repository of donations is being seeded with an initial collation by Issa Rice as well as continued contributions from him (see his commits and the contract work page listing all financially compensated contributions to the site) but all responsibility for errors and inaccuracies belongs to Vipul Naik. Current data is preliminary and has not been completely vetted and normalized; if sharing a link to this site or any page on this site, please include the caveat that the data is preliminary (if you want to share without including caveats, please check with Vipul Naik). We expect to have completed the first round of development by the end of December 2019. See the about page for more details. Also of interest: pageview data on, tutorial in README, request for feedback to EA Forum.

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Basic donor information

Country United States
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Facebook username gatesfoundation
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Brief history: The Gates Foundation launched in 2000, with precursors starting in the 1990s, financed by the personal wealth of co-founder Bill Gates from Microsoft. Starting 2005, it scaled up its giving significantly after a large funding commitment from Warren Buffett

Brief notes on broad donor philosophy and major focus areas: See for the grantmaking areas. The four grantmaking areas are the Global Development Program, Global Health Program, Global Policy and Advocacy, and United States Program. Within the United States Program the focus is on K-12 education, the Internet, and emergency relief

Notes on grant publication logistics: Although the Gates Foundation has a grants database on its website, as well as individual grant pages for every grant, we use the IATI data instead, because it can be processed programmatically (the data on the site does not allow for full data download or easy programmatic processing). This leads to a few problems: first, IATI data does not include grants made in the United States, since it focuses on development assistance (DA) spending. Second, IATI data is updated more infrequently. Third, it may sometimes omit some information that is present in the grants database

Full donor page for donor Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Basic donee information

Facebook page Makerere
Twitter usernameMakerereU
Wikipedia page

Full donee page for donee Makerere University

Donation amounts by cause area and year

If you hover over a cell for a given cause area and year, you will get a tooltip with the number of donees and the number of donations.

Note: Cause area classification used here may not match that used by donor for all cases.

Cause area Number of donations Total 2014 2012 2011 2010 2008
Global health (filter this donor) 2 8,791,707.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 8,691,707.00
Agriculture (filter this donor) 2 992,963.00 992,963.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Nutrition (filter this donor) 2 200,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00
Total 6 9,984,670.00 992,963.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 8,691,707.00

Graph of spending by cause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)

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Graph of spending by cause area and year (cumulative)

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (6 donations)

Amount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
499,567.002014-09-08Agriculture/agricultural development to understand the mechanism of reversion in sweetpotato from virus infected to healthy, which occurs at a high frequency in some cultivars of sweetpotato in East Africa, is a heritable characteristic and an opportunity to enable cheap and sustainable seed; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Uganda.
493,396.002014-09-08Agriculture/agricultural development to promote sustainable agricultural livelihoods of smallholder farmers in East Africa through improved techniques for diagnosis, surveillance and modeling of viral crop diseases in cassava; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Uganda|Tanzania, united republic of.
100,000.002012-04-16Nutrition/basic nutrition to provide pregnant women with coupons for a low-cost ration of silver fish to improve fetal growth and newborn survival.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Uganda.
100,000.002011-09-30Nutrition/basic nutrition to breed Nsenene grasshoppers (Ruspolia Nitidula), which are a rich source of protein, and grind or mill them for use as a flour or additive in other foods such as cereals and grains.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Africa.
100,000.002010-04-06Global health/malaria to test whether the insect-eating plants can reduce the population of mosquitoes and their larvae; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: South of Sahara.
8,691,707.002008-11-17Global health/infectious disease control to develop and apply xenomonitoring tools in human African Trypanosomiasis control programs in developing countries; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Africa.