Sunday, July 18, 2010

"Good Fortune" documentary on PBS

This documentary provides some interesting insight on the unintended effects of foreign aid/development in both Kibera and rural Kenya. In Kibera, it focuses on the recent slum upgrading efforts. It is available free on the PBS website from now until October 12 so check it out while you can!

PBS Synopsis of the film:
"Good Fortune is a provocative exploration of how massive international efforts to alleviate poverty in Africa may be undermining the very communities they aim to benefit. In Kenya’s rural countryside, Jackson’s farm is being flooded by an American investor who hopes to alleviate poverty by creating a multimillion-dollar rice farm. Across the country in Nairobi, Silva’s home and business in Africa’s largest shantytown are being demolished as part of a U.N. slum-upgrading project. The gripping stories of two Kenyans battling to save their homes from large-scale development present a unique opportunity see foreign aid through eyes of the people it is intended to help."

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