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Why Poverty?

The Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Christian Friis Bach, was among the speakers at an event the 17th of November that sparked of the world-wide campaign, Why Poverty. The campaign consists of a number of events, debates and eight documentaries, all with different angles on poverty. One of these is the documentary about exploitation of natural resources, “Stealing Africa”, by the Danish director Christoffer Guldbrandsen, which has its world-premiere during the event. Another movie is “Solar Mamas”, which with humour and warmth tells the story about a group of women who are trained to become solar engineers, enabling them to provide electricity. The stories are personal and moving, and the purpose of the campaign is to get us to ask the question and think about what each of us can do to fight poverty. The Minister for Development Cooperation, Christian Friis Bach, is thrilled about the campaign: 


“It is a fantastic initiative and the documentaries describe the many faces of poverty in a very engaging way. I’m very pleased to see more focus on why poverty persists and how we fight poverty. The documentaries show empowered women who are frontrunners in the fight against poverty, and they depict central elements such as taxation of natural resources. Topics that are central in the Danish development cooperation. The documentaries contribute with strong messages, new knowledge and important contributions to the debate. I hope they will engage more people in the fight against poverty. 

It is expected that the eight documentaries will reach more than 500 million people around the world through the internet and 70 TV broadcasters. The Danish Broadcasting Corporation, DR, and the British BBC are initiators of the project, which has been supported by the Danish Film Institute and Danida among other partners.

Watch film clips and get further information at the international campaign site: and on DR’s own website (in Danish):


For further information, please contact Sigurd Halling: +45 22 67 38 62


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