We wanted to make sure to highlight PovertyCure’s top 10 videos from 2016 so if you have not seen them yet, you can easily do so now! Check out the list below and watch them all today!
#1 – Poverty, Inc. Official Trailer
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, “Poverty, Inc.” challenges each of us to ask the tough question: Could I be part of the problem?
#2 – Microfinance 101
Microfinance is most often equated with microcredit, but it’s more than that. In this video clip from the PovertyCure DVD Series, microfinance experts Ebow Graham, Muhammad Yunus, and Damian von Stauffenburg flesh out the bigger picture.
# 3 – PovertyCure – From Aid To Enterprise [Full Version]
PovertyCure is an international network of organizations and individuals seeking to ground our common battle against global poverty in a proper understanding of the human person and society, and to encourage solutions that foster opportunity and unleash the entrepreneurial spirit that already fills the developing world.
#4 – Charity that Hurts – Clips from PovertyCure Episode 1
A billion people around the world live in extreme poverty. For Christians, addressing this problem is a nonnegotiable; it is an essential element of our faith. But having a heart for the poor isn’t enough. In fact, sometimes, with the best of intentions, we actually do more harm than good. Unfortunately, in our filming and research, we found story after story of not-so-positive, unintended consequences of many charity and aid projects around the world. If we really care about our brothers and sisters in the developing world, we have learn from our mistakes. We must use our minds to unite our desire to help others with our knowledge of the social, economic, political, and spiritual foundations of human flourishing.
In this session, we will analyze the two major forms of international development assistance, private charity and government-to-government foreign aid, and hear what the indigienous leaders and recipients of such assistance have to say about it — the good, the bad, and the ugly.
#5 – PovertyCure – a Six Part DVD Series [Extended]
PovertyCure is thrilled to present our new, six-episode DVD series on human flourishing. Three years in the making, this high-energy, 152-minute documentary-style series challenges conventional thinking and reframes the poverty debate around the creative capacity of the human person, made in the image of God. Listen to the voices of entrepreneurs, economists, political and religious leaders, missionaries, NGO workers, and everyday people as host Michael Matheson Miller travels around the world to discover the foundations that allow human beings, families, and communities to thrive.
# 6 – Ghanaian Entrepreneur: Growth Hindered by Foreign Aid
In this clip from the PovertyCure DVD Series (see http://www.povertycure.org/dvd-series/), Ghanaian software entrepreneur Herman Chinery-Hesse describes how foreign aid can often inhibit growth for local businesses.
“When elephants fight, the grass suffers… political parties rely on foreign aid more than tax revenue so they are more interested in a smile on the World Bank country director’s face than the success of my business.” — Herman Chinery Hesse, Ghanaian Software Entrepreneur
#7 – Theodore Dalrymple on the Capacity of the Poor
“The first thing I would say to those who say that we must come and give, otherwise these people are incapable of improving their situation or getting out of their poverty, is to ask them why…Why are these people uniquely unable to get out of their poverty? Is there not evidence, in fact, that when given the opportunity, they do in fact, uh, get out of poverty themselves?” – Theodore Dalrymple, Writer and Psychiatrist (UK)
#8 – Does Globalism Destroy Culture?
“The globalization of business, of trade, of the exchange of goods and services is the best way to protect cultures, because it supports and encourages individual prosperity, the right of every person to be able to go out and have the freedom to fail, or the freedom to achieve, the freedom to be able to participate in a global economy.” — Declan Ganley
#9 – A Kenyan Professor’s Call to Action – Poverty, Inc.
Following the Colorado Premiere of Poverty, Inc. at Starz Denver Film Festival, Dr. M.D. Kinoti, PhD immediately approached Mark R. Weber about setting up a screening at Regis University. A native of Kenya with decades of experience in international development, Dr. Kinoti knows better than most the adverse effects of the poverty industrial complex and the need to re-think the way we address people in the developing world.
“As an African, having grown up in rural village in Kenya and poor, and having worked two decades in the development sector for big NGOs such as World Vision, I cannot stress enough the importance of the ideas presented in this film for our students and faculty.” – Dr. Kinoti
#10 – Robert Woodson on Effective Charity
Bob Woodson explains the problem with the ‘therapeutic model’ of many social service programs and charity organizations, which threaten the human dignity of the recipient by seeing them as helpless in their poverty. People feel most dignified and least degraded when they earn the things they have, not when they are given things. Hand-outs often reinforce the problem of dependency and the unequal provider/recipient or therapist/client relationship that is intrinsic to the therapeutic model of charity.
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