|Title||The Great African Scandal|
|Date released (year)||2008|
|Production company||Channel 4|
|Keywords/tags||Underdevelopment, aid, international trade, IMF, neoliberalism|
|Link to film||
|Synopsis||Academic Robert Beckford visits Ghana to investigate the hidden costs of rice, chocolate and gold and why, 50 years after independence, a country so rich in natural resources is one of the poorest in the world. He discovers child labourers farming cocoa instead of attending school and asks if the activities of multinationals, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund have actually made the country’s problems worse. (Excerpt from video.google.com)
In this thought-provoking documentary, made with the help of Christian Aid, academic Robert Beckford undertakes a challenging, emotional journey to Ghana in West Africa.
Working alongside local people, Robert struggles to survive on the average wage of 60p a day. He asks why, 50 years after independence, this country, which is rich in minerals and is a stable democracy, is still one of the poorest in the world.
He examines the activities of multinational corporations, as well as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, to find out whether they have actually made countries like Ghana worse off. And, most importantly, he asks how we, as consumers and citizens, can make a difference. Source: http://robertbeckford.co.uk/taxonomy/term/2%2B3
|Reviews/discussion||Interview with Robert Beckford, Christian Aid Lunchtime Talks: http://bassflava.com/mp3/An+African+Scandal-song-604626.html
Interesting thread of comments and responses at: http://afrospear.com/2009/09/26/the-great-african-scandal/
|Links to other resources||Robert Beckford’s homepage: http://robertbeckford.co.uk/node/30|