Gates Foundation’s Goalkeepers Report Says Progress In Poverty Reduction Threatened, Offers Suggestions For Improvements

Business Insider: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation says there’s opportunity in these 13 areas to make the world better
“…The second annual [Goalkeepers Report], released Tuesday, focuses on the ‘formidable challenge’ of improving the lives of people in low-income countries, from reducing poverty to increasing access to safe sanitation, with a particular emphasis on African countries…” (Kotecki, 9/18).

CNBC: Gates Foundation warns decades-long progress in fighting disease and poverty may reverse
“…In its second year, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation produced the report with the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation to track progress on 18 data points from the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. They released it Tuesday as the U.N. General Assembly convenes…” (LaVito, 9/18).

Quartz: Bill and Melinda Gates: The world’s priority should be poverty reduction in Africa
“… ‘Decades of stunning progress in the fight against poverty and disease may be on the verge of stalling,’ they write in a report released [Sept. 18] by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. ‘If current trends continue, the number of poor people in the world will stop falling — and could even start to rise.’ Demographics are a driving factor: The world’s population is growing fastest in its poorest regions, notably parts of Africa…” (Delaney, 9/18).

VOA News: Africa’s Youth Population, Poverty Spur Gates Foundation’s Giving
“…To date, the Gates Foundation has invested more than $15 billion ‘in projects relevant to Africa,’ the Gatekeepers report says, while promising to spend more. It has targeted three areas for investment: health, education, and agriculture. … The foundation subsidizes a range of health programs, from childhood vaccination and good nutrition, but it gives special attention to family planning and HIV interventions…” (Moudou, 9/18).

Washington Post: The war on global poverty ‘hangs in the balance’
“…Even ‘in tough political times,’ [Melinda Gates said in an interview], many wealthy countries have maintained steady commitments to global health. But in the case of the United States, where the Trump administration is seeking to gut humanitarian aid and has rolled back funding for reproductive-rights projects abroad, Gates expressed dismay. ‘It’s incredibly disappointing to see the U.S. leadership deteriorating and the view of the United States deteriorating because of some of the egregious things that have been said by this current administration,’ she said, adding that she still had faith in lawmakers in Congress to support international aid projects…” (Tharoor, 9/19).

Additional coverage of the Gates Foundation’s Goalkeepers report is available from Fast Company, Fortune, Quartz, and Xinhua News.

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