Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donations made to United Nations Capital Development Fund

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
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Capital_Development_Fund

Full donee page for donee United Nations Capital Development Fund

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 2016 2015 2014 2012 2008
Financing (filter this donor) 3 30,739,785.00 4,865,217.00 0.00 5,904,448.00 0.00 19,970,120.00
Financial policy and administrative management (filter this donor) 2 8,218,089.00 3,918,090.00 4,299,999.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Business support services and institutions (filter this donor) 1 3,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 3,000,000.00 0.00
Gender equality (filter this donor) 1 424,824.00 424,824.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 7 42,382,698.00 9,208,131.00 4,299,999.00 5,904,448.00 3,000,000.00 19,970,120.00

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 (7 donations)

Amount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
4,865,217.002016-11-21Financing/Formal sector financial intermediarieshttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop and implement a range of activities to build a more inclusive, efficient and interconnected digital financial services ecosystem in Uganda that reaches the poor; Aid type: Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by international organisations (multilateral, INGO). Affected countries: Uganda.
424,824.002016-11-08Gender equality/Women’s equality organisations and institutionshttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to enable planning for a collaboration between UNCDF and UN Women, to create a 4-year program that will have a lasting effect on the economic lives of poor women in at least 4 countries; Aid type: Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by international organisations (multilateral, INGO). Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
3,918,090.002016-06-06Financial policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to reduce poverty in Bangladesh by focusing on local development and financial inclusion; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Bangladesh.
4,299,999.002015-11-06Financial policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to accelerate the transition from cash to digital payments in order drive inclusive growth and reduce poverty by increasing access to financial services among the world’s poor people; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
5,904,448.002014-02-25Financing/Formal sector financial intermediarieshttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop and implement a range of activities to build a more inclusive, efficient and interconnected digital financial services ecosystem in Uganda that reaches the poor; Aid type: Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by international organisations (multilateral, INGO). Affected countries: Uganda.
3,000,000.002012-09-13Business support services and institutionshttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to raise awareness and advocate for governments, international organizations and private sector businesses who make large cash payments to move to digital payments; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
19,970,120.002008-10-21Financing/Informal/semi-formal financial intermediarieshttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to create a fund for developing savings-led market leaders for inclusive finance in least developed countries; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Oceania|Developing countries, unspecified; affected countries: Sudan (the)|Bhutan|Congo (the)|Ethiopia|Lao people's democratic republic (the)|Philippines (the)|Sierra leone|Timor-leste|Liberia.