The Rockefeller Foundation marked the centennial of its founding with the announcement this morning of a $100 million global disaster-preparation fund aimed primarily at helping cities handle climate-related or man-made disasters.
Merck & Co. and GlaxoSmithKline Plc will cut the prices of their cervical cancer vaccines for some countries in the first large-scale effort to get the shots to millions of girls in the world’s poorest regions.
Hedge-fund manager Paul Singer and hosiery tycoon Sara Blakely promised to donate at least half of their fortune to charity as part of the initiative started by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates.
Bill Gates, chairman and co-founder of Microsoft Corp., is seeking a further $1.5 billion in donations to wipe out polio by 2018 and make it the first infectious disease eradicated since smallpox was wiped from the planet in 1979.
Mobile phones are creating opportunities for women in emerging markets to advance in business and society, even as they trail men in adoption of the devices, a panel of technology and philanthropy executives said.