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January 21, 2014

Africa is poor and 5 other myths: Simon Moss at TED

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Poverty isn't getting worse. Food isn't running out. Volunteering overseas is not the best way to help. Simon Moss debunks six myths about poverty and asks a series of new questions to reshape the way we think about relief.

 

Simon is a campaigning and community education expert, and the COO of the Global Poverty Project. He has contributed on development issues at some of the world's leading conferences including the G20, the World Economic Forum and the Clinton Global Initiative. He is the co-founder of the Global Poverty Project, an education and campaigning organisation working towards the end of extreme poverty, and wrote the ground-breaking 1.4 Billion Reasons presentation, which has been delivered 750 times to 100,000 people since 2009.

 

Read the Gates' Foundation's Annual Letter to find on out more about the myths and the systems that keep people poor.

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Comments


Gina Olivieri

3/13/2014 10:29:52 PM

Great stuff mate!

ronald viera

9/12/2013 5:10:16 PM

great video

Theresa Sanchez

7/7/2013 9:17:50 PM

I agree with "Zone Ziwoh" below. Having served as a former Peace Corps health volunteer (in MALAWI no less!) I couldn't agree with this video more. No one understood how I gained weight in Africa. There was a cognitive dissonance that they had food, just not the right "nutritional variety" if you will. It was essentially all carbs. Two take-aways: 1) First Listen & 2) We're partners - not people who know more than others. SO true. The animated "xtranmoral" video re: wanting to be an aid worker was on point and has actually made the rounds among fellow RPCVs and I. What a great video.

Tylecia Brown

5/16/2013 11:40:08 AM

Being educated and knowing options can make such a difference.....

Zone Ziwoh

5/6/2013 8:54:25 AM

I can watch this over and over. It makes me think deeper, stretches my mind further. And as I read through, listen to his talk, I immediately think of the article " To hell With Good Intention" another powerful first hand tale from a Southern America. African Discourses are quite complicated, Confusing. Nonetheless, we are doing our best to tell it stories as living witnesses living African History

Zone Ziwoh

5/6/2013 8:54:15 AM

I can watch this over and over. It makes me think deeper, stretches my mind further. And as I read through, listen to his talk, I immediately think of the article " To hell With Good Intention" another powerful first hand tale from a Southern America. African Discourses are quite complicated, Confusing. Nonetheless, we are doing our best to tell it stories as living witnesses living African History

denis jansen

12/1/2012 11:25:33 AM

Merci pour votre engagement...

Julie Mutiga

11/11/2012 3:27:55 PM

I feel that DIGNITY for Africans is also important! yes we welcome alliances but we aspire for equality in those relationships . .

Deb Swift

10/13/2012 8:38:28 AM

It so much more complicated with corruption and societies that don't have the same values that we have. We sometimes are strengthening people who hate us.

Diego Cobos

10/11/2012 3:40:32 PM

Good job

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