Bill and Melinda Gates on the two things that could save the world

In the global fight against poverty, time and energy are the new super-weapons, argue Bill and Melinda Gates in their annual letter

Prompted by the question ‘If you could have one superpower, what would it be?’ (Answer: more time! more energy!), the founders of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation realised how crucial these two resources are for people striving to escape the poverty trap.

Some 1.3 billion people live without access to electricity that can power homes, hospitals and businesses. And when it comes to time, the burden of unpaid work – looking after family and house – falls disproportionately on women, limiting their potential.

Bill and Melinda's Gates' latest annual letter is a call to take on these overlooked challenges, which could make a vital difference for billions of lives. “More time. More energy. As superpowers go, they may not be as exciting as Superman’s ability to defy gravity. But if the world can put more of both into the hands of the poorest, we believe it will allow millions of dreams to take flight,” they wrote. 

To read the full letter, click here