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|Format||NTSC, Widescreen, Dolby|
|Contributor||Paul Collier, Theodore Dalrymple, George Ayittey, Marcela Escobari, Michael Matheson Miller, Hernando De Soto See more|
|Runtime||1 hour and 31 minutes|
The West has positioned itself as the protagonist of development, giving rise to a vast multi-billion dollar poverty industry — the business of doing good has never been better.
Yet the results have been mixed, in some cases even catastrophic, and leaders in the developing world are growing increasingly vocal in calling for change.
Drawing from over 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we can no longer ignore.
From TOMs Shoes to international adoptions, from solar panels to U.S. agricultural subsidies, the film challenges each of us to ask the tough question: Could I be part of the problem?
Spoken languages English and Spanish (dubbed), subtitles in English and Spanish
"This documentary will be required viewing for our entire team." - Philip Sansone, Whole Planet Foundation
"Moving. I confess there were parts where I cried." — Russ Roberts, EconTalk
"I will definitely operate differently in the field." — Myra Khan, Pakistan | World Bank
"Compulsory viewing for anyone interested in social issues." — Rathna Ramamurthi, India | Harvard Law School
- MPAA rating : NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 2.72 Ounces
- Item model number : unknown
- Director : Michael Matheson Miller
- Media Format : NTSC, Widescreen, Dolby
- Run time : 1 hour and 31 minutes
- Release date : March 1, 2016
- Actors : George Ayittey, Paul Collier, Theodore Dalrymple, Hernando De Soto, Marcela Escobari
- Studio : Passion River
- ASIN : B019RGCZ3M
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #72,791 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Reviewed in the United States on March 10, 2016
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Milton Friedman, the 1976 Nobel Laureate in economics, said that soft hearts when coupled with soft heads and with the best intentions frequently lead to harmful unintended consequences. Tibetan Buddhists have another blunter name for this behavior, “idiot compassion.” What our team has come to realize through experience is that good intentions are not enough and that rigorous, objective monitoring and reviewing of development initiatives are needed to weed out those activities that don’t help and often harm. This is hard to do when one’s livelihood may depend on the continuation of these activities, as it does for many in the international development industry.
Drawing from over 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. unearths an uncomfortable side of international charity we can no longer ignore. The film stems from a larger initiative focused on unlocking the creative potential of the person as the key to human thriving vs. outright charity handouts.
Too often, the world’s attention seems to stop at good intentions. Without looking deeper, many remain unaware of the harm governments or well-meaning non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can do with funds that are gladly turned over to development professionals whose programs can ultimately wreak havoc on developing countries. One such country spotlighted in the film, Haiti, is derisively known within the development community as the Republic of NGOs. No one really know how many NGOs operate there, but the number is certainly in the thousands. But what is certain is that little actual development has occurred through these NGOs since the devastating 2010 earthquake, but the pretentions go on and on and on, as do the development jobs in Haiti.
Nevertheless, not all NGOs are inefficient and we certainly shouldn’t disregard the great work some are capable of doing, but monitoring and evaluation of their activities is absolutely necessary. There are many excellent examples of NGOs doing great things to alleviate poverty around the world, including Fonkoze in Haiti, who now serves over 60,000 entrepreneurs. CASHPOR from Varanasi, India is another outstanding NGO who focuses on the poorest of the poor by providing small business loans that have no asset seizure for nonpayment, while also providing assistance in healthcare, sanitation and business management counseling. The same can be said for the work One Acre Fund is doing in Africa assisting subsistence farmers to double their yields or more by using proven intensive farming techniques, tools and seeds. Pro Mujer in Latin America is doing substantial microfinance work in many countries. And BRAC from Bangladesh, another excellent microfinance organization, has branched out into several African and other Asian countries with great results.
The film Poverty, Inc. clearly, adroitly and articulately lays bare the real economic development industry that is ostensibly charged with ending poverty. In truth, international development aid, called “dead aid” by Zambian global economist Dambisa Moyo, is often at best ineffective, and at its worst, a swindle that is now known widely as poverty inc., a lucrative multibillion-dollar enterprise benefiting many except the poor that it claims to help.
It was a very informative watch; if you have watched other documentaries before or understand the basic principles of economy you should hopefully already know most of this, particularly that it's best to do business locally.
The best part of this was the graphs and the ladder they used to illustrate the system. The most confusing part of this documentary was some of the people who were interviewed asking NGOs what they were doing about people being unable to buy land; this and other things on the ladder appear to be rooted in that country and the leaders that have been put into place or, in sixteen of the countries, elected through voting. I'm confused how any charity or social entrepreneur is going to change the rule of law on a local level; that seems very much like a local issue that needs to be addressed by the people living in that area.
All in all, very good film, highly informative, I hope it changes some people's perspectives on charities and makes them think twice and do the extra research one should do before donating to any cause. A lot of times it's just easier to donate locally as you can usually see the effect it has as opposed to large international aid where you can't see the effect but you also never know where your money is actually going.
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The bible states we should 'give to him that asketh' but the money may not be going to the people you intend to help, and the net effects of the ways charities work may mean that those people can be put (nearly) permanently in a worse state. One big issue highlighted is that local industries can be destroyed by free products being rained down upon them from abroad..so there's no income for the tomato farmers (say) because of the free tinned tomatoes that are sent in, or for the local firms making solar panels because the charities bring thousands of free solar appliances in ... and the firms go bust, their employees lose their jobs... and then more people are in poverty.
Let us hope that the damage isn't going to be permanent.. but the charities outlined here are million-dollar businesses, and their interventions heavily reduce the future chances of prosperity for the countries and communities they claim 'to help' - and at the same time, of course,they have to pay their top executives 'good' salaries.. Find a small local charity with honest people (if you can!)
Did not know that everyone involved makes makes money; except the countries they are helping,
Or as is revealed they are destroying.