Life is im­prov­ing for most peo­ple on this planet: and if we can chal­lenge our as­sump­tions things will im­prove even more

Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - Contents - BILL AND MELINDA GATES

The truth opens the way to a bet­ter fu­ture for all of us.

BY AL­MOST ANY MEA­SURE, the world is bet­ter off now than it has ever been. Ex­treme poverty has been cut in half over the past 25 years, child mor­tal­ity rates are plung­ing around the globe, and many of the coun­tries that have long re­lied on for­eign aid are now self-suf­fi­cient.

So why do so many peo­ple seem to think things are get­ting worse? Much of the rea­son is be­cause they’re in the grip of three deeply dam­ag­ing myths about global poverty and de­vel­op­ment. But the be­lief

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