Bill and Melinda Gates Dispel Three Poverty Myths in Annual Letter

3 Myths that Block Progress for the Poor
Like last year and in previous years Bill and Melinda Gates released their 2014 Annual Letter today. Their theme: 3 Myths That Block Progress for the Poor. Last year’s letter was all about the critical need to measure how programs work and this year’s letter explains how the data shows foreign aid does in fact work and saves lives. This, of course, is great news for people around the world who are beneficiaries of foreign aid programs and whose lives are being saved every day through innovative approaches to global health and development.

What myths do Bill and Melinda Gates dispel in their Annual letter this year?

1. Poor countries are doomed to stay poor.


Read more about myth one in the Gates Letter.

 Prediction from Bill Gates: “By 2035, there will be almost no poor countries left in the world.” 

2. Foreign aid is a big waste.


Read more about myth two in the Gates Letter.

3. Saving lives leads to overpopulation


Read more about myth three in the Gates Letter.

Through key facts, graphs, and data Bill and Melinda Gates show that foreign aid has played a critical role in making sure people and countries move out of poverty and that lives are increasingly saved in poor and middle income countries.

We make the future sustainable when we invest in the poor, not when we insist on their suffering.” -Melinda Gates

To read the Gates’ letter for yourself visit

Photos Copyright: Gates Foundation

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