President Kaberuka meets with Bill Gates and Gates Foundation executives to explore opportunities to work together
African Development Bank Group President Donald Kaberuka met with Bill Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, at his Seattle-area office on October 14 to discuss ways to work together to improve the development of Africa. Kaberuka also gave a talk that afternoon to a large audience of Foundation employees.
“We are all in the same boat, trying to get prosperity for the African people,” he told the larger group, recounting the two leaders’ discussion.
In their private meeting, Kaberuka and Gates discussed issues ranging from vaccine delivery to sanitation; education to financial inclusion.
At top of mind, of course, was Ebola, a health crisis that has spawned its own economic issues in the affected countries.The spread of the virus has highlighted not only the need for improved health-care systems, but it has also underscored an issue that threads through many of the problems Africa faces: a lack of reliable statistics.
“Whether it is health, education, or the kinds of things we do at the Bank,” Kaberuka said, “we have an issue with data.”
The key, he believes, is strategic partnerships and focused efforts.
It’s a question that both organizations are determined to address with an increasing sense of urgency.