Gender, Geography Drive Global Inequality, Hamper Efforts To Achieve Development Goals, Gates Foundation Report Says

Devex: Gates wants development done differently. Here’s how.
“…On Tuesday, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched its third annual Goalkeepers report as part of its commitment to track progress on the Sustainable Development Goals every year through 2030. ‘Examining Inequality 2019’ features new data on global inequality at the district level, and serves as a call to action for three areas to target the poorest: primary health care, digital governance, and climate adaptation. Bill and Melinda Gates, co-chairs of the Gates Foundation and co-authors of the report, urge the development community to double down in areas that have have been left behind…” (Cheney, 9/17).

Reuters: Perils of gender and geography hamper global development, report finds
“Despite steady development gains, a child’s birthplace is still the biggest predictor of its future health, and no matter which country you’re born in, life is harder if you’re a girl, a major report said on Tuesday. The analysis by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a leading philanthropic funder of health and development, found that some half a billion people worldwide still don’t get basic health and education, and girls everywhere suffer disadvantage…” (Kelland, 9/17).

Wall Street Journal: Effort to Stem Deaths Among Children Falls Short of Goals, Report Says
“… ‘We’re not really converging the way that you would expect,’ said Bill Gates, the billionaire philanthropist who co-chairs the foundation with his wife, Melinda Gates, in an interview. At the current rate of improvement in child mortality rates, as well as educational attainment, at the end of the century there ‘will still be a dramatic level of inequality, super dramatic,’ he said. The shift is particularly alarming because population growth is higher in parts of the world that lag the most behind, Mr. Gates said…” (McKay et al., 9/17).

Additional coverage of the Gates Foundation’s Goalkeepers report is available from Fast Company, Financial Times, Quartz, and VOA.

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