Poverty, Inc.: The Business of Global Aid

“The reason there will be no change is because the people who stand to lose from change have all the power. And the people who stand to gain from change have none of the power.” –Machiavelli Poverty, Inc. opens with this Machiavelli quote, a reference to the modern global aid system. Since the documentary was released in December 2014, it has earned 30 international film festival honors for its critique of the foreign aid ecosystem. The film, directed and produced by Michael Matheson Miller, explores the idea of aid from the receiving perspective, rather than the giving side, through the voices of ‘beneficiaries’, expert opinions, and data. The current conceptualization of international development emerged as an American economic support initiative … Continue reading Poverty, Inc.: The Business of Global Aid