EXCLUSIVE: Bill Gates, Cameron Clash On Uganda Aid


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price geneva; font-size: small;”>Gates strongly believes development aid is a small investment that generates huge returns not only for poorer countries that receive it but for rapidly growing and wealthier nations as well.

pilule geneva; font-size: small;”>This is hugely in contrast with UK premier David Cameron’s recent threats he would slash aid to African countries that do not respect homosexual rights.

During the Common Wealth in Perth, Australia last weekend, Cameron said: “Britain is now one of the premier aid givers in the world. We want to see countries that receive our aid adhering to proper human rights, and that includes how people treat gay and lesbian people.”

He added: “British aid should have more strings attached, in terms of do you persecute people for their faith or their Christianity, or do you persecute people for their sexuality. We don’t think that’s acceptable.”

However, Bill Gates, on the invitation of French President Nicholas Sarkozy, says he will tell leaders under the powerful G20 summit in France today the consequences of cutting aid to developing countries.

“In the last 50 years, development aid has saved a billion people from starvation, fostered strong economic growth in countries such as Brazil and Mexico, and expanded markets for the U.S. and other developed countries,” Gates’ notes read.

“In tough economic times like we’re facing today, some people believe one way to reduce government spending is to cut development aid to poor countries. But as I’ll point out in my report to G20 leaders, development aid doesn’t just benefit people in poor countries.”

“It benefits us all. Just think about the economic miracles that have occurred over the last couple of decades in countries like China, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico and Turkey. The people in those countries are largely responsible for the incredible progress that has occurred, and economic aid from wealthier countries played a key supporting role,” Gates writes.

“And now, these countries – having recently figured out how to reduce poverty and increase their technical capabilities – are in a unique position to work alongside other better-off nations to help the world’s poorest 2 billion people. Over time, this positive cycle of strategic aid will reduce the amount of economic assistance that will be required of wealthier countries. Even more importantly, it enables the worst-off countries to feed, educate, and employ their people, which will lead to greater economic self-sufficiency. And that, in turn, will expand global markets for trade – benefitting all countries, including the U.S,” he adds.

“On the other hand, if wealthier countries cut their contributions to development, people in poor countries will continue to suffer and their economies won’t grow. The world hardly needs more suffering. And poverty does nothing to improve economic and political stability around the world.”

Gates insists reneging on earlier promises to support developing countries is betrayal.

“This week, I’m going to stand in front of the leaders of the largest 20 nations on earth and ask them to keep their promises – and to re-commit to helping the poorest people on earth,” he says.


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