According to Bill and Melinda Gates, This is How We Combat Extreme Poverty
Bill and Melinda Gates have discovered impressive results in their research, which inform us that we are taking an effective approach to help end poverty in Africa. We can help recreate the future, by putting our money where it counts: investing in human capital.
Success in Asia
According to the Goalkeeper Data, a billion people, since 2000, have managed to lift themselves from the extreme poverty line of $1.90 per day. This remarkable change came in waves of success in Asia, as a result of investments in the health and education of youth, which is also known as human capital. However, as a result of the incredible success in Asia, poverty is attacking sub-Saharan Africa.
What does this tell us? It tells us that history has proven that investments in human capital have saved countries in Asia from the challenging, long-term hardship of unbearable poverty. It has transformed the idea that ending poverty is a hopeless fight to make because clearly, young people are managing to redefine what is possible when given the resources for success. All they need is the health that will allow them to not just survive, but thrive, and a quality education and they will innovate new solutions to their problems.
According to the Bill and Melinda Gates blog, it is estimated that by 2050, Africa’s population will double, and sub-Saharan will be home to about 86% of people in extreme poverty. The rapid growth of the continent is fueling poverty’s attack on Africa.
Africa is a young continent, as the median age is only 18, and nearly 60% are under the age of 25.
Changing the Future
We can help save Africa, by putting in these investments into health and education, just like Bill and Melinda Gates are. Bill and Melinda Gates began their organization in 2000 and contributed a significant, inspiring amount to aid in the endeavor to end poverty. After they began their organization, the number of children enrolled in primary school augmented from 60 million, all the way to 150 million students! Also, advances in medicine have saved over 50 million lives! Before them, no poor countries gave children protection from diarrhea, malaria, and pneumonia, but now vaccines and bed nets prevented 500 million children from malaria! The dedication and compassion of their organization and the individuals working for it has had such a powerful impact on Africa, and they are not giving up now. Neither are we.
Right now, the statistics claim despite all the progress, and all success in fighting against poverty is going to slow down and reverse, as poverty levels in Africa will dramatically rise by 2050.
Except we shouldn’t allow that to become a reality. We can’t. We should take advantage of the amazing pathway Bill and Melinda Gates created for us, by offering us an efficient way to address this challenge, and showing us how successful it has proven to be.
The health and education of Africa is our priority. With your help, we can invest in human capital, and from there the young people will take matters into their own hands as they create new methods to solve their problems and use their opportunities to change their community.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Together, we will help end poverty.
Gates, B. & Gates, M. (2018). Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Retrieved from