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Poverty, Inc. (2014)

The West has positioned itself as the protagonist of the development narrative. But the results have been mixed, in some cases even catastrophic, and developing world leaders have become ... See full summary »
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The West has positioned itself as the protagonist of the development narrative. But the results have been mixed, in some cases even catastrophic, and developing world leaders have become increasingly vocal in calling for change. Drawing on perspectives gathered from over 150 interviews shot over 4 years in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. explores the hidden side of doing good. From disaster relief to TOMs Shoes, from adoptions to agricultural subsidies, Poverty, Inc. follows the butterfly effect of our most well-intentioned efforts and pulls back the curtain on the poverty industrial complex - the multi-billion dollar market of NGOs, multilateral agencies, and for-profit aid contractors. Are we catalyzing development or are we propagating a system in which the poor stay poor while the rich get hipper? Written by Anonymous

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Fighting Poverty is Big Business But Who Profits the Most?


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A refreshing perspective on how to manage poverty
4 September 2018 | by amastonSee all my reviews

I think the lessons described in this film of good intentions meeting disastrous consequences.

The analogy developed across the film isn't advocating to teach a man to fish, it's saying the village already has a fisherman, and shows what happens to his livelihood when an NGO starts giving the village free fish and the fisherman has to sell his boat to survive. And what happens to that village when the NGO stops giving away free fish, now that the fisherman is bankrupt?

The film also offers solutions. NGOs and other agencies should contract with local organizations wherever possible, and not have strings attached that benefit the donating country. Social entrepreneurs like TOMS should help communities by producing locally and not by dumping (which they acknowledge they have started to do). Foreign aid after disasters needs to end shortly after the situation is stabilized.

I recommend this film, and it's refreshing take on poverty applies just at much at home as it does abroad.


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