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Glasspockets Find: Inside the Gates Podcast Series
July 17, 2012

Bill and melinda gates fdnThe Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently began a podcast series called “Inside the Gates Foundation.”  The podcast series is an effort to communicate strategy to grantees, as well as to provide regular insights into the inner workings of the foundation.  In our search for good examples of transparency in the private foundation world, we wanted to point this out as a way for large institutional funders to use digital media to humanize their work by helping those on the outside get to know those on the inside.

In the first episode of the series, Chris Elias, president of the Global Development program at Gates (and former CEO of foundation grantee PATH), discusses the intricacies of strategy development at the foundation. The podcast also contains a segment with Shelly Thakral, Program Officer in the foundation’s India office, discussing her work on the Ananya Initiative, a program to ensure that the people of Bihar have access to healthcare, water and sanitation.

A regular feature of the series is a Q&A with Mercy Karanja, Senior Program Officer, also known as “Auntie Agony.” Mercy answers questions commonly asked by Gates grantees and potential grantees, such as “How does Gates Foundation decide what projects to fund?”


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