The Great African Scandal

Title The Great   African Scandal
Director(s) Robert Beckford
Date released (year) 2008
Production company Channel 4
Length 47 mins
Location Ghana
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

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.
This is where, two centuries ago, Robert Beckford’s ancestors were seized and   taken as slaves to Jamaica. Now he is making a journey to the land of his   roots to discover the hidden costs of rice, chocolate and gold.

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:

Reviews/discussion Interview with   Robert Beckford, Christian Aid Lunchtime Talks:

Interesting thread   of comments and responses at:

Links to other resources Robert Beckford’s   homepage: