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Poverty is not an accident, which means it can be unmade. It is our goal to present the solutions to poverty in a follow-up documentary to THE END OF POVERTY?

TO END POVERTY! will present 10 groups of solutions that can end poverty in this lifetime.

When we traveled with and spoke to the exporters in THE END OF POVERTY?, we asked them what types of real solutions would end poverty. Some might seem obvious: The guarantee of shelter, healthcare, education, food, and drinking water. While others would require the upending of our hyper-capitalistic society such as: a basic minimum income—regardless of employment—as a fundamental human right, which would not cost that much to implement.

TO END POVERTY! would be constructed from the conversations with these experts as well as new interviews with individuals and organizations spearheading new movements in the US and abroad . Together, they become Ten Solutions to End Poverty. Read more...

THE EXPERTS (continued)

ABEL MAMANI MARCA - At the time of the interview, he was the Minister of Water, Bolivia.

MARIA LUISA MENDONÇA - Director, REDE Social, an organization that fights for human rights especially for the cane workers in Brazil.

ERIC MGENDI - At the time of the interview, Mgendi was the Communications Director, Action Aid Kenya.

MASHENGU WA MWACHOFI - Former Member of Parliament, Kenya and a land activist.

MSHINDI GODREY NGAO - Tanzanite miner

OKOTH-OGENDO - An author, professor, top constitutional lawyer and specialist on land law in Kenya who very recently passed away.

Read more here.

OSCAR R. OLIVERA - Water Warrior, Cochabamba Bolivia and Executive Secretary of the Federation of Factory Workers of Cochabamba.

Read an interview with Oscar in Narco News.

MARIA MARCELA OLIVERA - Lawyer and Water Warrior, Cochabamba Bolivia.

JIM SHULTZ - The executive director of The Democracy Center ( in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He is the author, most recently, of The Democracy Owners' Manual (Rutgers).

JOẬO PEDRO STEDILE - National Coordinator/SP, Moviemento Sem Terra, Brazil's Landless People's Movement.

EDUARDO YSSA - Community organizer in Cochabamba, Bolivia and cousin to Bolivian president, Evo Morales.

MICHAEL J. WATTS - Professor of Geography and Development Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, Watts is a leading intellectual figure of the academic left. He works on a variety of themes from African development to contemporary geopolitics, social movements and oil.

His bio can be read here.

Special thanks to many others whom we interviewed yet were unable to fit into the film.

Look for the companion book to the film – with in depth insights from many of these experts as well as the people living in and fighting against poverty as featured in the film – in Fall 2009.


10 Solutions to End Poverty

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