Melinda Gates Reflects On Development In Senegal As She Prepares To Visit The Country This Week

Noting her upcoming trip to Senegal this week in a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Melinda Gates, co-chair of the foundation, recounts her previous visit to the country and writes, “Senegal is a great place to see development in action because the country is putting a lot of resources — intellect, leadership, and money — into its family planning program.” She provides a “partial list of specific reforms that have taken place in Senegal since [she] was there last July” and adds, “I am eager to learn more about the specifics of these new reforms, but mostly I’m curious to find out whether these changes are actually helping people” (6/24).