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Interviews: Positive Examples of Development

Good Fortune profiles two development projects that are at odds with the communities they are striving to help. But which development efforts have a positive impact, and how can we support them? In these video interviews, Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai and Nobel Economics Prize winner Amartya Sen talk about the organizations they support.

The Good Fortune filmmakers sat down with four of the world’s most respected experts on the subject and asked them to discuss the development organizations they support.

Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai is a Kenyan environmental activist who founded the Green Belt Movement, which trains rural women to plant trees, combat deforestation and generate income for impoverished communities. Maathai points out that aid organizations cannot expect communities to change overnight and explains Green Belt's holistic approach to addressing poverty.
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Amartya Sen

Amartya Sen is the winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics for his work in welfare economics. Sen talks about how we can all work to make each others' lives better, and focuses specifically on the organization FXB International, which empowers children affected by AIDS in impoverished communities by strengthening families and communities.
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The filmmakers are still in the process of finishing these video interviews. Check back in September 2010, to watch videos with Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University economist and Special Advisor to the United Nations, who discusses community involvement in the Millennium Villages Project, and George Ayittey, Ghanaian economist and acclaimed author, who talks about the importance of African entrepreneurs in what he calls the "Cheetah Generation."

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It’s important that we, as Western citizens, do what we can to combat extreme poverty. I hope this film can be the beginning of a discussion, and I hope that the way we administer aid in the future can change as a result.”

— Landon Van Soest, Filmmaker

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