Thursday, 22 February, 2018

Bill And Melinda Gates Are Not Happy About Trump's Budget Proposal

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Lucia Summers | 15 February, 2018, 14:07

"Parents have fewer children when they're confident those children will survive into adulthood", Melinda wrote.

This question is likely to strike a chord with a number of those in the startup space, as a regular ongoing conversation - and sometimes a point of contention - is the extent to which startups should work with corporate partners.

Our answer? No. It's not fair that we have so much wealth when billions of others have so little.

Alan Jones, a startup investor and entrepreneur-in-residence at BlueChilli, told StartupSmart past year that startups should "get real" about corporate partnerships, saying that "corporate Australia does have a positive and constructive role to play, and startups need to recognise that". Both of us love digging into the science behind our work.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is studying these topics with no plans yet for any particular initiatives, though it has done related work at home in Washington state on a much smaller scale.

"We're acutely aware that some development programs in the past were led by people who assumed they knew better than the people they were trying to help". "We keep talking to them because if the USA cuts back on its investments overseas, people in other countries will die, and Americans will be worse off". It's nearly the entirety of our children's lives.

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And Melinda Gates included a pointed remark for President Donald Trump, writing that the duty of a USA president is to role model American values and that she wishes "our president would treat people, and especially women, with more respect when he speaks and tweets".

"Make no mistake: foreign aid funding protects American lives, too", she said. To its credit, Congress has moved to put the money back in the budget. "We both come from families that believed in leaving the world better than you found it", she wrote.

However, the most frequently asked question on the Gates' list is about the current US president: "How are President Trump's policies affecting your work?" He also writes that "the America First worldview concerns me", noting that "my view is that engaging with the world has proven over time to benefit everyone, including Americans, more often than withdrawing does". There's another issue at the heart of this question. "With social media, you have to be prepared to continue that conversation now for pretty much forever".

"The answer is that we think there's always going to be a unique role for foundations".

In relation to their work in Africa and other regions, the co-Chairs of the foundation were asked whether they were imposing their values on other cultures.

Relationship experts (and long-married people) agree that sharing core values is an important part of a successful relationship. "Did they scale and change the system for low-income and minority kids writ large, at scale?' And the answer when we looked at it, it was no", Melinda Gates said.

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