Rethinking Global Aid and Poverty

Rethinking Global Aid and Poverty

Youll never look at poverty and the Third World the same again.”

My son, Kyle, was good friends with Simon Scionka, who helped in the production and editing of Poverty Inc. This award winning film examines how sometimes our good intentions in providing global aid can lead to harmful unitntended consequesnces that can actually make the problems worse. This is a great film to watch, especially with your kids, to start a dialogue on all the issues presented and coming up with ways that might make your giving more benefial to those in need.

“As if poverty weren’t a challenging enough phenomenon unto itself, time has revealed that good intentions by outsiders can in many cases make the problem worse — a cruel irony that serves as the basis of Michael Matheson Miller’s “Poverty Inc.,” an easy-to-understand docu-essay with a tough-to-accept message, especially as it implies that some aid organizations may actually be cashing in on their concern. The idea isn’t to discourage giving, but rather to illustrate how the current paradigm doesn’t work, providing clear examples and practical solutions that serve as a useful conversation-starter flexible enough to enrich discussions everywhere from college campuses to community churches Variety

“Poverty Inc. critically examines an industry the chief product of which is good will and social status (virtually crying out for ‘smug’ emission standards) and attracts more celeb endorsements than soft drinks and weight loss combined. In fact, the poverty industry is the one industry which has such high social status that celebrities actually give money to it, in order to associate their names and faces with it rather than the reverse (which is the usual arrangement). For decades celebrities have been clamoring over one another to be chosen to stand in front of a mic and warble to the world, asking if “they know it’s Christmas over there…” in Africa, and to declare that they are the ones who get to declare, “‘We are the world,” or, “We are the One(s) which will end poverty in our day.” Second-rate rockers get knighted for being in on stuff like that. The poverty industry oozes good will and social status from every crevice, like oil from shattered shale, only goodness instead of evil hydrocarbons.

But the big question is, “Does it actually work?” And the almost-as-big question is, “Who would we need to talk to in order to get the right answer to the big question?”

The answers are (in reverse order): “The poor themselves,” and, “No, it does not.”   Forbes

It is a very thought-provoking film. Check out the trailer here:

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This is Insanity

This is Insanity

I think we may want to consider getting past the term “Climate Change” – it seems to carry too much baggage with it and cause instant contention if you are in a room with differing view points.  And it is not because people don’t care about the earth or the future of our children’s world. Most people I meet are all about  sustainable farming, energy, and living solutions. However, when we now have some people blaming every environmental event on “Climate Change” and others calling them crazy, that is a problem.  It is very possible that perhaps both sides of the “Climate Change” argument may be motivated more by political power, control or corporate greed than by any sincere belief in good stewardship.

Several years ago I  was discussing my angst over this term with Kyle, who owned a PR firm, telling him that the terminology on this argument needed to change to “Stewardship”. His response was that no one today even understands the word – it’s too old-fashioned.

I responded saying that I am determined to bring it back into vogue.

Watch this video. This is insanity. This is why everyone needs to understand the concept of stewardship.

Let’s start the conversation.

 

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