Directors of films in the forthcoming BBC series Why Poverty? explain how they tackled the subject and what it taught them
Are Us billionaires destroying the American Dream? Can large-scale agricultural development have a positive effect in Africa? Are Bono and Bob Geldof
actually doing any good? And can the history of human poverty over 10,000 years be told in less than 60 minutes? These and many other questions are being posed in a new series of documentaries and short films entitled Why Poverty? launching on Monday night on BBC1. The series, which will be screened in 180 countries including India, Zimbabwe and Brazil, aims to kick-start a global debate in the hope of addressing a broader question: why, in the 21st century, do a billion people live in poverty?
"I think it's an important time to be having this conversation for two reasons," says Nick Fraser
, editor of BBC Storyville and co-founder of Steps International,