Is The Gates Foundation to Big?
The headline has probably caught many by surprise. How can anyone call for an international investigation and a public inquiry into one of the biggest philanthropists of all time?!? Well, in January the Global Justice Now foundation did just that by realising a critical report on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Their main critique seems to center around two key points:
1) They claim the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation does not run a neutral charitable strategy and particularly benefits big businesses in the agricultural and health sector through its ”ideological commitment to promote neoliberal economic policies and corporate globalisation,”.
2) It is thought that the sheer size and power of the foundation forces other, potentially critical actors, concerned with international development, to be silenced and bullied into the narrative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The report states ”who has regular access to world leaders and is in effect personally bankrolling hundreds of universities, international organisations, NGOs and media outlets, has become the single most influential voice in international development.”.
Want to know more? Check out the entire paper Gated Development: Is the Gates Foundation always a force for good?.