‘Innovation’ Will Help Alleviate Poverty

“One of the things I’ve learned working in global health and development for the past 25 years is that innovation comes in many forms,” Christopher Elias, president of global development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog as part of its “Reinvent A Better World” series. Though “[s]cientific breakthroughs tend to get the most attention … [i]nnovation is also about taking a fresh perspective,” he says and discusses the impacts of access to contraceptive, education, and agricultural resources on women. “No matter what you call it — innovation, reinvention, or simply progress — bringing new things like this to the table are important to creating a cycle of good health and prosperity that can feed families and help lift communities and nations out of poverty,” Elias concludes (8/9).