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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...

TIMELINE (continued)

1947

The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) began in 1947 and ended in 1994 when it was replaced by the World Trade Organization (WTO). The purpose of GATT was to lower tariffs in every country to encourage trade. Little thought was given to the fact that developed nations had all previously relied on tariffs to achieve a manufacturing base.



1955

The Bandung Conference (in Indonesia) was an early effort to promote non-alignment among former colonies that did not want to join either the Soviet bloc or the anti-communist West. The main purpose was to work toward economic and political sovereignty of the global South and mutual aid among developing nations.




1974

Developing nations, working through the UN Committee on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) demanded a "new international economic order" (the NIEO). The main principles were:


  • Control of multinational corporations by nations in which they operated
  • Freedom to nationalize the assets of foreign companies
  • Creation of trade associations of producers of primary commodities (similar to OPEC)
  • Base international trade on stable and equitable prices for raw materials, non-discriminatory tariffs, and technology transfers to developing countries



1979 to 1982

The oil crisis in 1979 led the US to raise interest rates to fight inflation. The combination of higher energy prices and higher interest rates drove many well-managed economies of the Third World into a budgetary crisis. The result was a massive increase in debt in the nations of the South that still hinders their development.





1980's

The Reagan and Thatcher administrations in the U.S. and U.K. promote deregulation and privatization at home and similar policies in developing countries through the IMF and World Bank. The countries that most thoroughly embraced this "neoliberal" ideology and adopted the most austere budgets (such as Argentina) sank deeper into poverty.




June 25, 1946

The World Trade Organization was created. Unlike GATT, which was primarily aimed at lowering tariffs, the WTO has imposed rules involving "non-tariff barriers" such as rules that effectively prevent individual countries from passing laws to protect workers or the environment. The WTO has become a sort of "global government" on behalf of corporate interests, which is almost entirely unaccountable to citizens





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