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WATCH: Why Poverty, Inc. is a Must-See Documentary

I had the pleasure of interviewing Acton Institute Research Fellow Michael Matheson Miller, Director of Poverty, Inc. today on Facebook Live. If you aren’t familiar with the documentary, I highly recommend adding it to your viewing schedule in haste. While the film came out a couple of years ago, it was only recently released on Netflix and to a wider audience — and has been embraced by liberals and conservatives alike. 

In short, the documentary explores damaging aspects of global foreign aid — and exposes some of the corruption, ineffectiveness and poverty perpetuation that many Americans are simply unaware of. From the film’s website: 

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?

As we discuss in the interview, most people are extremely well-intentioned but the system is broken. Unfortunately, there are no quick fix answers — or ultra specific answers at all, but Miller goes into great detail about why it’s not working the way it’s currently set up. He can explain it far better than I in a short blog post so please spend a few moments watching the interview for more detailed information. I think everyone needs to see this film. 

Watch the trailer below & learn more here