Three Myths About Global Poverty

January 31, 2014 | Janie

Bill Gates’ positive perspective on issues of extreme poverty

Microsoft magnate, philanthropist, and billionaire Bill Gates, in his recently published 2014 Annual Letter for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, describes three myths that he believes hinder progress towards ending world poverty. I think you will find the condensed form of his letter worthwhile if you are short on time. But I would like to encourage you to read the letter in its entirety, not only because of what you will learn, but because it is quite fascinating, extremely well put together, and much of it relates to Africa. Be sure to check out each of the videos embedded within the letter. One that I especially enjoyed is narrated by Gates’ wife, Melinda.

And, if you happen to read all the way to the bottom, you will be rewarded by a special surprise. Please make a comment and let me know if you find it!



  • Steve Fredlund

    Janie, thank you for posting this. I have downloaded the full 28-page document and skimmed it for now; I’m planning to read it over the weekend. I love that he calls these items out; while recognizing the difficulty, his fact-based conclusions are filled with hope. I didn’t see the special surprise, so I’ll have to read it closely! This is a wonderful posting. Thanks!