The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Focus Areas: Health, Education, Environment

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Involvement: In September 2010, the Gates Foundation announced an effort to tackle Urban Poverty in Five African Cities: Cairo, Egypt; Luanda, Angola; Lilongwe, Malawi; Monrovia, Liberia; and Harare, Zimbabwe. The goal of the projects is to foster a productive relationship between city government and the urban poor that can serve as a model for other developing world cities to follow as they seek to address the challenges of urban poverty.

This four and a half year “MCC IMPAC” project will increase adequate access to primary waste collection services for the majority of urban poor households and communities, educate households, and increase awareness on proper waste containment practices at the household levels and will also engage in streets naming and numbering as well as house numbering. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has committed a large grant to the Monrovia City Corporation’s IMPAC Project over a period of five years.