Matter of Impact

Can Technology Be Optimized for Equity and Opportunity?

Companies use detailed behavioral information every day to direct products and services to individuals. What if this approach were applied to maximize social good instead of private revenue?

This quarter’s Matter of Impact explores how the properly tailored technology can improve and save lives across a wide spectrum. Our staff, grantees and partners discuss how data and technology can empower women, steer Covid-19 vaccines and even emergency cash payments to the most distressed places, nip pandemics in the bud, and improve access and reliability of energy to the hundreds of millions of people who lack steady power. These topics couldn’t be timelier, coming just ahead of the G7/G20 meetings this month, when international leaders will address ways to stop future pandemics and to use technology to assure a sustainable recovery from Covid-19.

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    Interlinkages Between Multidimensional Poverty and Electricity: A Study Using the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index

    Nearly a billion people living in developing countries still lack access to electricity, which is essential to power modern economies, healthcare and education. More than half of those without power today are children under 18, undermining their opportunity to ready, study or play after sunset. In a quarter of the subnational regions covered by the […]
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Our work is focused on improving access to electricity, food, healthcare and economic opportunity. We do that through creative partnerships and innovative investments to extract more value from data and private capital.

  • Nourish People and Planet Advancing a more nourishing, regenerative and equitable food system.
  • End Energy Poverty We accelerate access to and consumption of reliable, renewable electricity in underserved, low-income communities worldwide, empowering hundreds of millions of people while building the climate-smart energy system of the future.
  • Achieve Health for All For over 100 years, we’ve worked to advance the fields of public health and medical science to improve health outcomes for all people, everywhere.
  • Expand Equity and Economic Opportunity Our vision is that every working person in America should be able to meet the basic needs of their families – and have a path to a better future.
  • Seize Upon Emerging Frontiers We aim to accelerate the impact of our programmatic work through impact investing, data science, technology, and innovation to the greatest inequities in the world.
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