The Gates Foundation should be subject to an international investigation over its close links to the corporate sector, argues a controversial new report.
The report says the foundation is skewing the direction of international development in an undemocratic and unaccountable fashion.
Lauded for their work in eradicating polio and malaria, amongst other diseases, the report accuses the Gates Foundation of promoting privatised health, education and agriculture at the expense of the world’s poor.
It argues that the Foundation’s emphasis on “technological solutions” often ignores the need for systemic social, economic and political change.
The Gates Foundation said the report “misrepresented” its work.
“Our mission is to improve quality of life for the world’s poorest people.
This is a complex challenge, and solving it will require a range of approaches as well as the collaboration of governments, NGOs, academic institutions, for-profit companies and philanthropic organisations,” it said.