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Does Disaster Relief Help or Hurt When It Comes to Fighting Poverty? (Video)

Zoe Romanowsky - published on 06/03/15

Documentary explores whether Western aid is helping or hindering poor countries

Has disaster relief become a permanent model for combatting poverty in developing countries? Some African leaders and experts in the West say yes. The film, Poverty, Inc., sets out to explore the "poverty industry." Drawing from over 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, the film makers examine whether the billions of dollars worth of charity has helped or hindered developing countries. The West has positioned itself a a major promoter and provider of such aid, but the results are mixed and in some cases has been atastrophic, causing leaders to be increasingly vocal in calling for change. From TOMs Shoes to international adoptions, from solar panels to U.S. agricultural subsidies, "Poverty, Inc." challenges the viewer to ask themselves: Could I be part of the problem?

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