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.


“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.”

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?

A powerful and uncompromising film that strikes at the core of the traditional understanding of development and international assistance.
— Andres Jimenez, Waging Non-Violence [Costa Rica]

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One of two sold-out screenings of POVERTY, INC. at the Starz Denver Film Festival.

One of two sold-out screenings of POVERTY, INC. at the Starz Denver Film Festival.

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As a Kenyan, I cannot stress enough the importance of this film.
— Dr. M.D. Kinoti, Regis University

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— Philip Sansone, Whole Planet Foundation

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