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What's Blocking Progress for the Poor? Here Are Three Myths on Foreign Aid

Like many international organizations, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation releases an annual letter, authored by Bill and Melinda Gates. ...

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Like many international organizations, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation releases an annual letter, authored by Bill and Melinda Gates. Rather than listing the foundation's trials, triumphs, and organizational priorities, this letter, released on January 21st, takes the form of a manifesto. While the goal of the foundation to end extreme poverty across the globe remains, this letter tackles three myths that hinder progress. Simply put: poor countries stay poor, foreign aid is a waste of money, and saving lives in the developing world just creates more need (mouths to feed).

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How Can We Fight Poverty?

Slowly I started to think about the existential question—should and can one do good? And if so, how?

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Midsummer 1974 I set out to hitchhike from Sweden to the Great Lakes of Central Africa. It was a mad undertaking, only possible for someone still a teenager. I was wildly interested in African aquarium fish with a focus on fish from Lake Tanganyika. I wanted to see how they lived in nature.

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Slideshow: Buy These Things and Support Relief Efforts in Japan

We know you don't need any material goods as incentive to give, but here are some good people offering proceeds from sales to relief efforts in Japan.

We know you don't need any material goods as incentive to give, but here are some good people and companies offering proceeds from sales to relief efforts in Japan.

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