World Vision is a multi billion dollar organization with some concerning practices ranging from objectifying poverty imagery to the monetization of subsidized agriculture that undermines local markets in the name of food aid.
As the Better Care Network explains, "The research demonstrates, there are not bad and good orphanages. Rather, orphanages are simply not a good solution for children. Children grow up best in families. Foster families, extended families, and other arrangements. But families, not institutions."
Last month, 61 NGOs signed "An Open Letter to the USDA and USAID on planned peanut shipment to Haiti" and begun an internet firestorm. This is a sign of progress. We'd like to add a Haitian voice to the discussion.
Poverty, Inc. co-producer Mark R. Weber discusses orphans, microfinance, fair trade, social entrepreneurship, and other lessons learned making Poverty, Inc. at the Jubilee Professional conference in Pittsburgh.
Speaking on a panel called "Growth Markets, Development Opportunities: Africa & the Middle East" this evening at the MIT World Real Estate Forum at the MIT Media Lab, Accra-based real estate Carlo Matta of Laurus Development Partners explained the pervasive challenge of land title ambiguity dampening economic activity in countries like Ghana.
Why do we charge money for Poverty, Inc.? Are we profiting from poverty? Co-Producer Mark Weber explains why pricing is important for accountability and impact.