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BY KAREN BOSSICK

Learn about the dark side of non-governmental organizations, also known as NGOs, operating in developing countries when the 2014 documentary film “Poverty Inc” is presented at Ketchum’s Community Library.

The free screening at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, will be followed by a discussion featuring Sen. Michelle Stennett, who has worked oversees with organizations promoting food security, clean water and sanitation. She will be joined by Ketchum medical missionaries Gary Hoffman and Connie Hoffman, who respectively are a retired pediatric doctor and nurse.

The Hoffmans have paid their own way so has not to be affiliated with any structured organization while serving in such Third World countries as Nicaragua, Rwanda, Bolivia, Cuba and, most recently, in Mongolia.

The film, which draws from 150 interviews shot over four years in 20 countries, paints a disturbing picture of actions that have the opposite effect of helping those in need. It examines a variety of efforts from disaster relief to TOMs Shoes, from adoptions to agricultural subsidies, to pull back the curtain on what it calls “the poverty industrial complex”—a multi-billion dollar market of NGOs, multilateral agencies and for-profit aid contractors.

 

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