Melinda Gates

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A refugee camp outside of Maiduguri, Nigeria. By 2050, more than 40 percent of the world's poorest people are projected to live in just two countries: Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo.CreditCreditNewsha Tavakolian/Magnum Photos

Do you think the number of poor people in the world has gone up or down in the past 25 years?

This question is an excellent conversation starter because practically everybody answers it incorrectly. Primed by depressing and shocking headlines, most people assume that poverty has increased. Some people say it has held steady. Almost none are aware that in fact, more than a billion people have overcome poverty just since the turn of the millennium.

This huge drop in the number of people living on less than $1.90 per day is among the most underappreciated and most important developments of our generation.…  Seguir leyendo »

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Nunca hemos disimulado nuestro optimismo. Últimamente, sin embargo, el optimismo parece ser un bien escaso.

Los titulares están llenos de noticias terribles; día tras día nos llegan historias sobre la división política, episodios de violencia y catástrofes naturales. Pero, a pesar de ellos, nosotros seguimos convencidos de que el mundo avanza para mejor.

Comparemos nuestro presente con la realidad de 10 años atrás o, incluso, 100 años atrás. El nivel de salud y seguridad en el mundo es hoy mayor que nunca. El número de niños que mueren cada año se ha reducido a la mitad desde 1990, y sigue bajando.…  Seguir leyendo »

El mundo lleva demasiado tiempo cerrando los ojos ante un problema que podríamos resolver entre todos.

La generación actual de adolescentes, 1.200 millones de personas, es la más grande que ha existido. Estos adolescentes, como los miembros del baby boom de posguerra en los países industrializados, tienen la capacidad de provocar una oleada sin precedentes de crecimiento económico y prosperidad en todo el mundo.

Ahora bien, aunque su futuro es prometedor, no está asegurado en absoluto. Si esta generación entra en el siguiente capítulo de sus vidas sin las herramientas y los apoyos que necesitan, es posible que veamos una avalancha de embarazos adolescentes, con consecuencias devastadoras.…  Seguir leyendo »

Fifteen years ago, the two of us made a bet.

We started our foundation in 2000 with the idea that by backing innovative work in health and education, we could help billions of people improve their lives. The progress we’ve seen so far is so exciting that we are doubling down on the bet we made 15 years ago.

Here’s our bet: The lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any other time in history. We’re putting our credibility, time and money behind this bet because we think there has never been a better time to accelerate progress and have a big impact around the world.…  Seguir leyendo »

Actualmente, el PIB de África está creciendo más rápidamnente que el de ningún otro continente. Cuando muchos piensan en los motores que lo impulsan, se imaginan que se trata de productos básicos como el petróleo, el oro y el cacao o tal vez sectores como los de la banca y las telecomunicaciones. Yo pienso en una mujer llamada Joyce Sandir.

Joyce es una agricultora que cultiva plátanos, verduras y maíz en un pequeño terreno de la Tanzania rural. Cuando la conocí en 2012, acababa de recolectar su primera cosecha de maíz resultante de una semilla adaptada específicamente al clima de Tanzania.…  Seguir leyendo »

Some people think International Women’s Day, which comes right in the middle of Women’s History Month, is overdoing it. If «underdoing it» were a phrase, it’s the one I would use. On most days in most months, most women and girls aren’t able to raise their voices. Because no one knows the challenges they face, they’re forced to face them on their own.

On International Women’s Day, however, we make a point of hearing the voices of every woman and girl. Today, we make sure that every woman and every girl counts — literally.

I’m talking about a project that combines two of my favorite topics: women’s empowerment and data.…  Seguir leyendo »

The calendar is overflowing with occasions to mark. It seems like there’s a special day for almost everything.

For example, September 19 is celebrated by some as International Talk Like a Pirate Day. But the surplus of observances shouldn’t detract from the really important ones, like Friday, March 8, International Women’s Day.

The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911, but it was international only in the technical sense that women in four European nations marched. These activists were ahead of their time in thinking about women’s economic and political equality; they may not have been so far ahead of their time that they envisioned what it has come to mean for many of us today.…  Seguir leyendo »