Melinda Gates to visit Kenya

Written By: Claire Wanja

Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be in Kenya this week from Thursday to Friday.

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While in Kenya, Melinda will engage with key stakeholders on Kenya’s development goals and the foundation’s related priorities and investments, including health, agriculture, and gender equality.

The trip follows on from a visit to Burkina Faso, and is part of a rigorous learning agenda that will help inform how the foundation will invest the $5 billion it committed to Africa in 2016 over five years.

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As one of three co-chairs, Melinda will launch Pathways for Prosperity: A new Commission on Technology and Inclusive Development.

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She will meet with government leaders, including representatives from the Council of Governors to learn more about how counties are prioritizing women’s health in their budgets, and how data can be used to improve family planning programmes at a county level.

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Melinda will also take part in a roundtable with the Challenge Initiative – an Urban Reproductive Health Initiative that aims to scale up access to family planning services in Kenya.

She will also attend an event hosted by the non-profit organisation, The Moth, featuring personal stories told by men and women from across the continent who are working to improve their communities and advocate for gender equality

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works with partners in more than 45 African countries to reduce poverty and improve health.

Some of the major areas of investment include agriculture, child health and nutrition, family planning and financial services for the poor. Between 2001 and 2016, the foundation invested more than $9 billion across Africa.


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