Billionaire businessman and philanthropist Bill Gates thinks a lot about how he and his wife Melinda can use their wealth to help solve problems affecting much of the world. But in his most recent annual open letter, Gates’ wants to dispel three commonly held myths the he believes “block progress for the poor.” Gates believes that too often, people think that because of the state of current conditions “poor countries are doomed to stay poor,” that the spending of “foreign aid is a waste”, and “saving lives leads to overpopulation.” If you have a few minutes today, the graphic-heavy letter, which is loaded with stats about current anti-poverty efforts and ways you can get involved, is a fascinating read.
The belief that the world can’t solve extreme poverty and disease isn’t just mistaken. It is harmful. That’s why in this year’s letter we take apart some of the myths that slow down the work. The next time you hear these myths, we hope you will do the same.