Albright Addresses Education, Health and Poverty

Alice Albright, Chief Executive Officer for the Global Partnership for Education, spoke about the importance of investing in education and health in low income countries in Kemper on Monday evening.

According to Albright, if people live in countries that are “chronically poor,” they do not have the opportunities available to them that people in more industrialized countries do because those countries cannot invest in necessary health systems, infrastructure, or policing.

“If [people] are sick, if they’re not getting education, then these inequalities lead to a sense of hopelessness, which can lead people to respond by going on strike. Inequity is a real threat to stability,” said Albright.

Albright advocated for quality education and health services, which she said would increase the rate of children living until adulthood in low-income countries and increase human capital. Additionally, increasing access to education would create a growing body of adults with the tools necessary to combat climate change.

Albright is the daughter of Madeleine Albright, the first female Secretary of State for the United States, and served as Chief Financial and Investment Officer for the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations from 2001 to 2009.