Bill Gates appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night to promote the 2014 Gates Annual Letter, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s progress report on efforts to eradicate global disease, poverty and child mortality. The focus of this year’s letter is to “stop the myth” that foreign aid doesn’t work, through evidence and optimism.
Especially for those of us who work in the nonprofit sector, it is always encouraging to see philanthropy have a measurable impact. At Jolkona, we strive to be as transparent as possible about actions of our partners and the difference we make. This includes openly reflecting on our successes and failures, and using what we learned to continue to improve and innovate. We know that when it comes to donations for a worthy cause, every drop counts. We can do our part to #stopthemyth as well.
You can help fight common misconceptions about the effectiveness of aid efforts by sharing the 2014 Gates Annual Letter with others, using hashtag #stopthemyth. These small actions may have more of an impact than you know.
By almost any measure, the world is better than it has ever been. People are living longer, healthier lives. Many nations that were aid recipients are now self-sufficient. You might think that such striking progress would be widely celebrated, but in fact, Melinda and I are struck by how many people think the world is getting worse. The belief that the world can’t solve extreme poverty and disease isn’t just mistaken. It is harmful. That’s why in this year’s letter we take apart some of the myths that slow down the work. The next time you hear these myths, we hope you will do the same.
You can make a global impact through Jolkona, as well, through one of our three Give options: Support individual projects through our Give Direct platform, participate in a monthly discussion to make a collective difference through our 2014 Give Together campaign, or support holistic efforts to aid Bangladesh through the Lift Bangla program. With just a small donation, each of us can reduce poverty a little bit more each day.
We too are optimistic about the future, and the impact we can have in years to come!
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