Poverty, INC

Global Education Fund, in partnership with Watson University, Unreasonable Institute and Agile International recently hosted a screening of the film Poverty, INC at the Dairy Center for the Arts.

Poverty INC is a documentary by filmmaker Michael Matheson Miller which brings into question the traditional styles of giving. Poverty, INC exposes the brutal but empowering truth of humanitarian aid and challenges the audience to question their beliefs and the traditional style of assistance and development.

“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 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?

Global Education Fund, Watson University, Unreasonable Institute and Agile International all have vastly different missions, however the work strings together through a focus on quality and meaningful education. Follow the links above to learn more about the great work they’re doing.

“Poverty INC is a thought provoking film that I feel, shows everyone has learned a lot over the years, including GEF. I left the screening feeling empowered about the work that Gl0bal Education Fund is doing and the approach we take to improve learning opportunities for children. GEF is a small organization that works hand-in-hand with local partners to provide small, multi-year grants and organizational support. I love the film and would recommend it to everyone.”  – Michelle S. GEF Operations and Communications Manager

Sound interesting? The film is now available on Amazon, iTunes or at a screening near you.