Melinda Gates: Telling of Development’s Successes a Must

October 15, 2010 By Andy Amsler

Development has been a keyword in recent weeks, talked about by the President and his top Cabinet officials.  At an event hosted by the USGLC, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, and Millennium Challenge Corporation CEO Daniel Yohannes spoke extensively about the administration’s new directive on global development for moving efforts to alleviate poverty forward.  But Melinda Gates is speaking out on the successes the international community has made in fighting global poverty in the last decade.

Speaking at the TEDxChange last month, Gates detailed some real progress made in these efforts, from the declining number of child deaths globally to advances made against AIDS and other infectious diseases that have racked the developing world. Her talk of success received so much attention that she even recorded a video to explain her focus on what has worked.

That week, the USGLC launched its first “This Week in Global Leadership” video, part of a series recounting the week’s events making news in the development community. In it, we showcased some of what Gates had to say.

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