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Promote well-being of humanity by addressing the root causes of serious problems; expand opportunities for poor and vulnerable people; help ensure that the benefits of globalization are shared more equitably.

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Makes grants according to programme themes and cross-themes, each theme and cross-theme having a programme strategy. Grants are organized into categories - by theme, cross-theme, regional programmes and special programmes (which includes Global Philanthropy, Next Generation Leadership, Population and the Cairo (Egypt) Agenda, Communication for Social Change and Other Grants). Programmes include:

 • 'Creativity and Culture' to give full expression to creative impulses of individuals and communities in order to enhance the well-being of societies and better equip them to interact in a globalized world. Programme supports: preservation and renewal of the cultural heritage of people excluded from the benefits of globalization; strengthening civil society and free flow of ideas through initiatives in the humanities and religion; creation and presentation of new work in media and performing arts that promotes cultural diversity, innovation and understanding across cultures.

 • 'Food Security' to improve food security of the rural poor through generation of agricultural technologies, institutions and policies that will provide sustainable livelihoods in areas of sub-Saharan Africa and Asia bypassed by the Green Revolution. Work areas include: development of improved crop varieties for Africa and Asia; enhancement soil productivity in Africa; improvement of efficiency and equity of markets to raise the income of poor farmers in Africa; generation of international public goods that can help developing countries better serve poor farmers.

 • 'Health Equity' to advance global health equity by pursuing reduction of avoidable and unfair differences in the health status of populations. Work areas include: acceleration of development of and access to vaccines and medicines for diseases of the poor by creating public/private partnerships to overcome the lack of commercial interest in these products; development of appropriately skilled human resources and better management of information to improve health care in developed countries; rising to the challenge of AIDS through development of preventive technologies and accelerating access to care and mobilizing greater resources within the foundation community.

 • 'Working Communities' to transform poor urban neighbourhoods into working communities - safe, healthy and effective neighbourhoods - by increasing the amount and quality of employment, improving the quality of all urban schools and increasing the influence and voice of the poor and excluded in political decisions that affect their lives. Work areas include: research on consequences of economic, technological and demographic trends on the structure of work and their impact on the least skilled and research into the structural components of racial and ethnic exclusion and their implications for democracy; national initiatives that support community development corporations or city-specific initiatives to increase the scale and impact of reform in poor school districts; research to improve the employment access and advancement opportunities, the quality of education for poor and limited English-speaking children and innovative locally based projects that increase voice and participation of poor and excluded people.

 • 'Global Inclusion' to help broaden the benefits and reduce the negative impacts of globalization on vulnerable communities, families and individuals around the world. Supports work on key policy issues at the regional and global level under the following objectives: to foster inclusive, global dialogues about the uptake of plant biotechnology; to support the emergence of fairer, development-oriented intellectual-property policies; to examine the impact of science and technology on poor people; to better understand the changing dynamics of North American transnational communities, particularly financial remittances; to support knowledge building and new practices aimed at increasing pro-poor philanthropic investments globally; to inform global approaches to conflict prevention and management.

 • 'Special Programme/Assets and Capacities' includes:

 • /Communication for Social Change/ - to enhance the effectiveness of development initiatives that focus on improving the lives of poor and excluded people by fostering innovative, sustainable and empowering communication approaches aimed at engendering positive social change.

 • /Bellagio Study and Conference Center/ - located in Italy, offers 1-month stays for 15 residents at a time from February to mid-December in any discipline or field and coming from any country who expect a publication, exhibition, performance or other concrete product to result. Offers interdisciplinary, intercultural networking through the convening of small working groups of policy-makers, practitioners, scholars, scientists, artists and others.

 • /Program Venture Experiment (ProVenEx)/ - seeks to catalyze private-sector investments in areas that will benefit poor and excluded people.

 • 'Regional Programmes' includes:

 • /Africa Regional Program/ - to contribute to the revitalization of the African continent by building the required human and institutional capacity and providing critical information that will promote effective policies and programmes to improve the lives and livelihoods of the poor.

 • /Southeast Asia Regional Program/ - focuses on the uneven economic development and cultural tensions in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region and the resulting inequities among its diverse population.


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United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (Special).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 23 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 6 non-governmental organizations.
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Subjects *

  • Mankind
    • Mankind
  • Amenities
    • Living Conditions
  • Emotional fulfilment
    • Emotional Fulfilment

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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