April 30, 2013
Innovation, Technology Keys to Global Equality, Says Gates Foundation CEO Jeff Raikes
Achieving those ambitious goals relies heavily on innovation. "One of the core values we have at the Gates Foundation is innovation," says Raikes. "We are big believers in scientific innovation, technological innovation, systems innovation, delivery innovation." In a blog entry for the foundation, he writes that this belief in innovation is why over the past decade the foundation has invested in numerous advances such as a rapid-results tuberculosis test to help reduce TB transmission, family-planning tools for women, and better toilets and sanitation solutions for the world’s poorest people. "In all, the foundation and its partners have developed more than 100 new innovations that are available today or scheduled to be introduced by the end of the decade," he writes. The problem? Innovation pile-up.
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If innovation pile-up is philanthropy's foe, technology, on the other hand, is its friend. "I’m particularly excited about how we can leverage [the] information technology revolution and other revolutions in technology like genomics, in order to improve philanthropy and to increase the benefit to society in additional ways," says Raikes. He also points to technology's contributions to education, for example, in making learning more accessible and in approaches such as personalized learning.
"At the end of the day that's what could make technology a wonderful contribution...when it adds value in ways that can transform in the case of education, the learning experience, or in the case of health, the use of technology to be able to solve or address diseases that we were not able to address before," he says. "So this technology revolution is absolutely core to what we’re doing in philanthropy today."
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