Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donations made to Synergos Institute

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 analytics.vipulnaik.com, tutorial in README, request for feedback to EA Forum.

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Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_%26_Melinda_Gates_Foundation
Best overview URLhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_%26_Melinda_Gates_Foundation
Facebook username gatesfoundation
LinkedIn username bill-&-melinda-gates-foundation
Websitehttps://www.gatesfoundation.org/
Donations URLhttps://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database
Twitter usernamegatesfoundation
Page on philosophy informing donationshttps://www.gatesfoundation.org/What-We-Do
Grant application process pagehttps://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/General-Information/Grantseeker-FAQ
Regularity with which donor updates donations datacontinuous updates
Regularity with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)irregular
Lag with which donor updates donations datamonths
Lag with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)years
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteSQL insertion commands generated by script https://github.com/riceissa/gates-foundation-iati-processing

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 https://www.gatesfoundation.org/Who-We-Are/General-Information/Foundation-Factsheet 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

ItemValue
Country
Facebook page synergosinst
Websitehttp://www.synergos.org/
Twitter usernamesynergos
Instagram usernamesynergos_inst

Full donee page for donee Synergos Institute

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 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2011 2009 2007
Agriculture (filter this donor) 8 33,551,364.00 -3,834.00 5,716,770.00 7,681,787.00 10,061,631.00 1,495,504.00 8,599,506.00 0.00 0.00
Global health (filter this donor) 1 7,049,777.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 7,049,777.00
Social Protection (filter this donor) 1 45,000.00 0.00 0.00 45,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Urban development and management (filter this donor) 1 10,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 10,000.00 0.00
Total 11 40,656,141.00 -3,834.00 5,716,770.00 7,726,787.00 10,061,631.00 1,495,504.00 8,599,506.00 10,000.00 7,049,777.00

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 (11 donations)

Amount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
-3,834.002017-07-27Agriculture/agricultural policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to fund an evaluation and design of a proposed Nigerian entity to drive agricultural transformation to benefit smallholder farmers; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Nigeria.
4,196,688.002016-09-13Agriculture/agricultural developmenthttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) in implementing its agricultural development strategy; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Nigeria.
1,520,082.002016-08-17Agriculture/agricultural policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to fund an evaluation and design of a proposed Nigerian entity to drive agricultural transformation to benefit smallholder farmers; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Nigeria.
7,394,287.002015-11-03Agriculture/agricultural policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to improve the livelihoods and well-being of smallholder farmers in Nigeria by enhancing the capacity of state-level agricultural leaders and institutions to prioritize and deliver effective agricultural development interventions; Aid type: Other technical assistance. Affected countries: Nigeria.
287,500.002015-11-02Agriculture/agricultural policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to conduct a rigorous market analysis and develop a beef and livestock export strategy for the Ethiopia with a set of recommendations and interventions to increase smallholder farmers’ income and export earnings from live cattle and beef; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Ethiopia.
45,000.002015-09-03Social Protectionhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide general operating support. General Operating Support to Synergos Institute. Investment start date: 9/3/2015 to end date: 1/31/2016. Grantee name: Synergos Institute, Inc; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected countries: Ethiopia.
10,061,631.002014-08-11Agriculture/agricultural developmenthttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide organizational development and capacity building support to the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency and to the Ministry of Agriculture to advance Ethiopia's agricultural development; Aid type: Other technical assistance. Affected countries: Ethiopia.
1,495,504.002013-09-17Agriculture/agricultural policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to contribute to the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) by supporting ATA’s program delivery which aims to accelerate Ethiopia’s agricultural development, grow the economy, and improve the livelihood of smallholder farmers; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Ethiopia.
8,599,506.002011-10-05Agriculture/agricultural policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to contribute to the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) by supporting ATA’s program delivery which aims to accelerate Ethiopia’s agricultural development, grow the economy, and improve the livelihood of smallholder farmers; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Ethiopia.
10,000.002009-08-25Urban development and managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- for general operating support. University for a Night 2009. Investment start date: 9/21/2009 to end date: 10/20/2009. Grantee name: Synergos Institute, Inc; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
7,049,777.002007-11-13Global health/basic health carehttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to create a replicable model for strengthening African public health leaders, catalyzing health systems innovation, and improving the performance of healthcare delivery systems in Africa, beginning in Namibia; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Africa.