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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Business Versus Bureaucracy in International Development

Development Policy Centre Discussion Paper No. 3

17 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2011 Last revised: 19 Jul 2012

Ian Anderson

Australian National University

Date Written: February 1, 2011

Abstract

New forms of aid, including “philanthrocapitalism” such as The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, are rapidly altering the international aid architecture for health. These organisations have financial power, actively shape agendas and influence policy. The rise of non-traditional donor organisations creates opportunities and has implications for Australia as it scales-up its aid program. AusAID could collaborate, complement, compete with, or copy these organisations. Arguably the biggest strategic implication is that they expand AusAID’s programming choices. This increased flexibility could be used to leverage and accelerate further reforms in the UN and elsewhere. But choice is a two way street. Developing countries may prefer large, grant financing from non-traditional aid organisations and choose to bypass traditional multilateral and bilateral development agencies.

Keywords: philanthrocapitalism, international development, aid, non-traditional donor organisation

JEL Classification: A14, O19

Suggested Citation

Anderson, Ian, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Business Versus Bureaucracy in International Development (February 1, 2011). Development Policy Centre Discussion Paper No. 3. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1863869 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1863869

Ian Anderson (Contact Author)

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