Using technology to fight poverty3 min read . Updated: 01 Feb 2015, 09:55 PM IST
Technology can help India to quickly deliver long pending reforms
More than a billion people around the world have emerged out of extreme poverty over the past two decades thanks to the surge in growth rates in countries such as China after they embraced free-market policies. Last week, billionaire philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates made a stunning claim in the latest edition of their annual letter: the lives of people living in poor countries will improve at a faster pace over the next 15 years than ever before in human history. The Gates couple believes that the next round of progress against poverty will be driven by new technologies, especially in health, farming, financial inclusion and education. India has long-standing disadvantages in all four areas.
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