The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Microsoft Philanthropies holds the “belief that there’s one or two areas where we can be impactful.” This according to a Devex post on the Foundation’s commitment to the Middle East and North Africa crises, with upwards of USD 20MM. The funds will focus on WASH (water, sanitation, hygiene) and, thought-provokingly, cash transfers.
The debate on what is the way forward to solve the current refugee crises, be it massive adoption by neighboring and European countries, or local democracy building, turns upside down when put through a humanitarian lens. The US is famously noted for dealing independently with politics and humanitarian issues, to the point that there is somewhat of a correlation between “hating the empire” and getting their aid money.
Gates and Microsoft Philanthropies are not new to this line of charitable work. Some camps are equipped with Wi-Fi, in the hopes that children can continue with their education, and adults acquire computer skills for eventual job opportunities.