Private Foundations as Agents of Development in Global Health: What Kind of Impact Do They Have and How to Assess It?

  • Cornelia Ulbert
  • Brigitte Hamm
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


In 2006 Warren Buffett announced that he would donate the majority of his fortune of US$ 30 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in annual shares of about US$ 1.5 billion.1 Only then did a wider public notice that private foundations had increasingly become involved in international health issues, and what kind of ‘health colossus’ (McMahon, 2006) had emerged since 1999, when the Gates Foundation was created.2


Global Health Private Actor Social Entrepreneur Private Foundation Private Donor 
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© Cornelia Ulbert and Brigitte Hamm 2011

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  • Cornelia Ulbert
  • Brigitte Hamm

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