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Bill Gates Says U.S. Likely To Maintain African Aid Levels; Gates Foundation To Spend More Than $300M In Tanzania This Year

Bloomberg: Bill Gates Says U.S. Likely to Maintain Aid Levels for Africa
“The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. … Gates said he talks with U.S. ‘representatives, senators’ after he returns from visits to the continent and was left optimistic after meeting Defense Secretary James Mattis and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. ‘They continue to think long-term and see the U.S. relationship in Africa as being pretty important,’ he said…” (Mohammed, 8/14).

Reuters: Gates foundation to spend over $300m in Tanzania in 2017
“Bill Gates has told Reuters his foundation plans to spend more than $300 million in Tanzania this year on public health and poverty reduction programs. In an interview, the billionaire said aid was now being spent ‘in a smarter way’ in some parts of the world…” (Ng’wanakilala, 8/13).