Bill Gates: Almost No Poor Countries Two Decades From Now


Bill and Melinda Gates, co-chairmen of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, released their sixth annual letter earlier this week.  The duo addressed three myths they believe hinder the opportunities of countries in poverty. The first myth claims that poor countries are doomed to stay poor, however, the opposite seems to be true.  Many of these developing nations have since been developed and the rest are on a similar path.  The second myth addressed states that foreign aid is a big waste— this too has been discredited. Health aid has shown that foreign aid is far from ‘a big waste’ and has helped lower the number of children dying compared to thirty years ago.  The third and last myth states that saving lives leads to overpopulation. Surprisingly, the case is quite the opposite.  The countries with the fastest-growing populations in the world are also those with the most deaths.  This is due to the women in these countries who tend to have the most births, averaging about five children.  The sixteen page letter addresses the issues that ‘block progress for the poor.’  The Gates claim that the world really is getting better and Bill Gates optimistically alleges that “by 2035, there will be almost no poor countries left in the world.”

G. Perales

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