U.S. Philanthrocapitalism and the Global Health Agenda: The Rockefeller and Gates Foundations, Past and Present

Improving global governance
Jun 19, 2017 | Policies for Equitable Access to Health, Anne-Emmanuelle Birn, Judith Richter

The Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have become influential agenda-setters in the global health and nutrition arena. In their article for Policies for Equitable Access to Health (PEAH), Anne-Emmanuelle Birn and Judith Richter compare the goals, modus operandi, and agenda setting roles of the two foundations. They argue that the Gates Foundation’s venture-philanthropy approach is emblematic of the business models that now characterise the global public health field. This has resulted in extensive private, for-profit influence over global health activities and blurred boundaries between the public and private spheres, representing a threat to scientific independence and democratic governance of global health.

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