In what appears to be their most optimistic annual letter, Bill and Melinda Gates predict that the lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any other time in history. The reasons for these predictions are due to new advancements in Agriculture, Banking, Education and Health.
Due to agricultural improvements, famine will strike less, and when it does, Africa will be able to take care of itself by feeding itself.
Because banks can not afford to serve the poor, mobile options are the key to banking in areas previously unserved. This will help transform the lives of the poor.
Access to education needs to be equal. Better software will transform education, yet it is still important to have good teachers.
More children are thriving than ever before. Child deaths from leading infectious diseases have declined greatly in the past 15 years.
From the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation website:
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.
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You can read the full 2015 Bill and Melinda Gates Annual Letter on the Foundation website. While on the foundation site, I also found a link to Bill Gates personal blog, gatesnotes, where he writes about the books he’s reading, education, saving lives and energy innovation. Check it out. I especially like his book reviews.