Gates Foundation looking to expand in Africa
Addis Ababa, 10 July 2014 (WIC) - 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.
The expansion, however, will likely not lead to an international hiring boost, as Suzman pointed out that the foundation’s core operating model — relying on partners to implement programs on the ground — is not set to change.
“We’re not going to become a big field operating agency comparable to a U.N. agency,” he said, despite the fact that the organization has experienced a “growth spurt” over the past five years and now currently employs more than 1,200 people.
|< Prev||Next >|
- Eritrean rebels claim to have killed dozens of intelligence agents
- Al Shabaab on move to recruit young fighters ahead of massive military assault
- In 2014 Chinese-African trade will surpass $200 billion
- Meeting of Eastern Africa Defense, Security Council in Nairobi
- Kenya, Somalia vow to eliminate Al-Shabaab
- ENCDC holds a conference on the prevailing of freedom, democracy and justice in Eritrea
- Kismayo Airport resumes functioning
- Tana High-Level Forum kicks off