9 Reasons The World Is Better Than Ever, According To Bill And Melinda Gates #billgates

The Microsoft founder and his wife argued against downbeat conventional wisdom in the Gates Foundation’s annual letter, published Tuesday morning. They made the case to BuzzFeed in .gif form.

1. There are half as many poor people in the world as there were in 1990.

9 Reasons The World Is Better Than Ever, According To Bill And Melinda Gates

2. The average life span for women in Sub-Saharan Africa has increased by 16 years since 1960.

9 Reasons The World Is Better Than Ever, According To Bill And Melinda Gates

3. Seven of the world’s top ten fastest growing economies are in Africa.

9 Reasons The World Is Better Than Ever, According To Bill And Melinda Gates

4. The percentage of children in Africa who are in school has almost doubled since 1970.

9 Reasons The World Is Better Than Ever, According To Bill And Melinda Gates

5. Because of how many countries have graduated from needing foreign aid, less than 1% of the American budget goes to aid.

Because of how many countries have graduated from needing foreign aid, less than 1% of the American budget goes to aid.

In a survey, Americans indicated that they think 25% of the budget goes to foreign aid, and that 10% of the budget should. In reality, less than 1% of the American budget goes to foreign aid.

In fact:

In fact:

6. Higher child mortality rates results in more children being born, but mortality rates are dropping in most countries:

Additionally, women with no schooling had three more children on average than women who attended high school.

9 Reasons The World Is Better Than Ever, According To Bill And Melinda Gates

According to a recent study of 30 developing countries.



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