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Poverty, Inc.

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"I see multiple colonial governors," says Ghanaian software entrepreneur Herman Chinery-Hesse of the international development establishment in Africa. "We are held captive by the donor community." 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 ...

  • DirectorMichael Matheson Miller
  • Runtime: 1 hr 31 min
  • StudioBrainstorm Media
  • QualityHD

Reviews about Poverty, Inc.

Poverty, Inc.
Daniel Czaplewski
A very insightful documentary that takes on a difficult issue ...

A very insightful documentary that takes on a difficult issue. It deals with foreign aid, but has many concepts that apply to domestic charity. It will rock your world.

Poverty, Inc.
Shy R.
Must see!

I loved it it was very well documented and expressed.

Poverty, Inc.
R. Kern Jackson
Foreign aid does not help

Very informative and pertinent information. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the 3rd world countries and the continued poverty problem and our failure to alter its course.

Poverty, Inc.
Phillip J. Burno
Teach a man to fish!

Everybody who gives their old clothing to Bono and Bob should see this movie. I've been traveling to Africa almost every year since 2004 and I've seen with my own eyes the piles of clothes and shoes being sold on the roadside in Kenya and Zimbabwe just this year. It was meant to be given for free to the needy and instead it's taken by street vendors and sold to passers-by. Wake up call Europe and America! It has already killed the skills of those who used to make clothing and shoes locally. The governments there allow this! So think again when you send your old stuff to anywhere ...

Poverty, Inc.
Ernest
Great view!!!

Excellent documentary that clearly explains how NGO's feed themselves off of the misery of others.

Poverty, Inc.
Marmot Ridge
Quick, hit-and-run compassion, maybe much more damaging than we know

All is not good in the world and especially in the world where the west is supposedly lifting, supporting and helping the "3rd world" folks. As Poverty Inc. repeats often the west started out with good and compassionate intentions, to give and help the very, very destitute in Haiti, Africa and elsewhere. Yet destitution persists.Why?Maybe we in the west are doing things for ourselves, to salve our conscience or to do something quick and move on. The real reason destitution persists is that dumping worldly goods on others does not solve their long-term issue that the systems in their own countries persist in keeping the foot on their necks.I ...

Poverty, Inc.
Greg Lundell
A thought provoking movie. But really harsh on Bono ...

A thought provoking movie. But really harsh on Bono. I mean, he's Bono. In seriousness, this is a must watch for anyone thinking of getting involved in charity, NGO, or "mission" work.

Poverty, Inc.
Jan
Not so good

Bought this by mistake thinking it was the same as a PBS program of the same name. Not very good.

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