Tuesday
September 25
2018

Bill and Melinda Gates Sound The Alarm on Poverty

By Ellen McGirt

Bill and Melinda Gates released their second annual Goalkeepers Data Report, and raised new alarms about the future of the work to end hunger, poverty, inequality, and increase global health.

Their opening essay asks, “Is Poverty Inevitable?”

“We usually express our optimism by highlighting some of the recent mind-blowing improvements in the human condition—like the fact that advances in medicine have saved 50 million lives just since we started our foundation in 2000. We believe it’s worth repeating that until we’re blue in the face,” they begin.

Then they ripped the needle from the record.

“To put it bluntly,” they say, “decades of stunning progress in the fight against poverty and disease may be on the verge of stalling.”

Photo courtesy of Isriya Paireepairit.

Source: Fortune (link opens in a new window)

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, global development, Global Goals, poverty, SDGs