Poverty Inc.

Poverty Inc.
Michael Matheson Miller
2014 / U.S. / 91min


The West has positioned itself as the protagonist of development, giving rise to a vast multi-billion dollar poverty industry of for-profit aid contractors and massive NGOs — the business of doing good has never been better. Yet the results have been mixed and leaders in the developing world are calling for change.

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?



Michael Matheson Miller is Research Fellow and Director of Acton Media at the Acton Institute. With some ten years of international experience, Miller has lived and traveled in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He lectures internationally on such themes as moral philosophy, economic development, and social theory, and entrepreneurship. He is the Director and Host of the PovertyCure DVD Series.

Much of his current work at the Acton Institute involves leading PovertyCure, promoting entrepreneurial solutions to poverty in the developing world. Before coming to Acton, he spent three years at Ave Maria College of the Americas in Nicaragua where he taught philosophy and political science.

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