Bill and melinda gates started thier foundation in the 2000 with the idea that by backing innovative work in health and education, they could help dramatically reduce inequity. Bill and Melinda Gates also made some bets & predictions about where the world would be especially Africa by the year 2030.
Their predictions where they could dramatically reduce inequality “by backing innovative work in health and education”. Bill and Melinda explain, “We’re putting our credibility, time, and money behind this bet — and asking others to join us — because we think there has never been a better time to accelerate progress and have a big impact around the world.
The rich world will keep getting exciting new advances too, but the improvements in the lives of the poor will be far more fundamental — the basics of a healthy, productive life. It’s great that more people in rich countries will be able to watch movies on super hi-resolution screens. It’s even better that more parents in poor countries will know their children aren’t going to die.”
This idea of a “bet” is inspired by Gates’ long-time friendship with fellow Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Forty years ago, the two of them bet that the PC would transform the way people worked and played around the world. The letter says: “This bet wasn’t exactly a wager; it was an opportunity to make computers personal and empower people through the magic of software.” People thought they were crazy then, but look where we are now.
Here are some of the predictions
Bill And Melinda Gates: Child Deaths Will Go Down & More Diseases Will Be Wiped Out
In 1990, the child mortality rate was one in 10, today it’s one in 20. By 2030, they want it to be just one in 40. Another goal is reducing the number of women who die in childbirth by two-thirds.
They also hope to eliminate polio and three other diseases. They hope to “find the secret to the destruction of Malaria” and to force HIV “to a tipping point.”
Bill And Melinda Gates: Africa Will Be Able To Feed Itself.
Bill and melinda believes that in the next 15 years, innovation in farming could increase the yield of African farmers by 50%, because currently Africa imports $50 billion of food on an annual basis. By improving yields, introducing farmer education and introducing innovations in farming, they hope to achieve food security for the continent in 15 years.
Mobile Banking Will Help The Poor Transform Their Lives
Millions of Africans don’t have access to established banking services. Cell phones are key to changing this. Thanks to services like Vodacom’s M-Pesa, within 15 years, 2 billion people who today lack bank accounts will be storing money and making payments using their mobiles, they predict. “And by then, mobile money providers will be offering the full range of financial services, from interest-bearing savings accounts to credit to insurance.”
Better Software Will Revolutionize Learning
“Education is a great leveler,” they say, but numerous barriers are blocking efforts. They believe that e-learning is the way to go, and that in 15 years it will be a norm all around the world. They intend to close the global literacy gap, believing that equal access to education and technology will empower more women and girls to build better lives.
The couple conclude the letter by urging people to sign up for the “Global Citizen” initiative, writing, “the more global citizens there are, and the more active and effective they are, the more progress the world will make.”