To help facilitators and educators to engage with audiences we’ve created a facilitator’s guide and additional educational resources. The aim is to deepen the understanding of the underlying causes of poverty and inequality as explored in the WHY POVERTY? films.

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Aid and trade: why isn’t it sexy?

The developing world receives billions in aid and has a wealth of resources to trade. But this hasn’t lifted millions out of poverty.

Facts & Figures

In 2010, humanitarian assistance reached US$4.3 billion from private contributions and US$12.4 billion from government // At the G8 summit in 2005 a deal was made to wipe out $40bn (£23bn) of debt owed by 18 of the world’s poorest countries // 1 in 5 of us participates in some sort of civil society organisation // African labour productivity is growing by, on average, 2.7% a year. Trade between Africa and the rest of the world has increased by 200% since 2000 // There are about 500 million small farms in developing countries, supporting almost 2 billion people – one third of humanity // In 2009 alone, nearly 60 million hectares – an area the size of France – was purchased or leased in Africa // At the time of decolonisation, Africa was self-sufficient in food and exported around 1.3 million tons of food every year between 1966-70. Today, Africa imports 25% of its food.

Inequality: Does It Destroy Society?

Why aren’t the rich inspiring role models for the poor? What does inequality do to a society?

Facts & Figures

In 2010, approximately 80% of African exports were based in oil, minerals and agricultural goods // Around $160 billion worth of taxes are lost from developing countries each year as a result of multinational corporations dodging paying them // Liberia declared corruption public enemy No.1 and its revenue rose from US$80 million in 2004/5 to US$142 million in 2006/7 // Between 1979 and 2009 the top 5% of US families saw their real incomes increase 72.7% while the lowest income 5% saw a decrease of 7.4% // In 2009, CEOs of major US corporations averaged 263 times the average compensation of American workers // Top 1% of US households had 42.7% of all US financial wealth.

The System: Can we Fight it?

Are the poor helpless victims or can they control their own futures?
We like to think that everyone can escape from the poverty trap – but can they?

Facts & Figures

China has the largest higher education system in the world with 29.07 million students enrolled in tertiary education in 2008 // University costs in China can reach 10,000 to 12,000 Yuan per year (approx. £1,500) // To pay for 4 years of college, a Chinese family living at the poverty line must save more than 60 years of per capita income // Women reinvest 90% of their earnings into their family, men only 30-40% // Of the world’s 875 million illiterate adults, two thirds are women // In India, many girls drop out of before because of the lack of toilets in schools // Only 50% of government schools have toilets, and four out of 10 do not have separate toilets for girls.

Poverty: Can We Fix It?

What is it like to be poor? How does it change your life?

Facts & Figures

The wealthy 20% of the world currently consume 80% of natural resources while the poorest 20% do not have enough for a decent standard of living // In 2010, nearly 2.5 billion people lived on less than $2/day – around 35% of the world’s population // 925 million: the number of hungry people in the world in 2010, around 1 in 7 of us // Worldwide 42 babies in every 1000 die before their first birthday // In 2010, 287,000 women died during and following pregnancy and childbirth – 99% of these deaths were in developing countries // Every year 16 million adolescent girls give birth worldwide // Pregnancy is the leading cause of death amongst 15-19 year old girls.