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Life 5 - Killing Poverty

Life 5 - Killing Poverty

In December 2002, President Mwai Kibaki was swept to power in Kenya based largely on his pledge to end the government corruption endemic to the previous regime of Daniel arap Moi. But ministers in the present government admit that corruption hasn't been entirely wiped out. HIV/AIDS has made matters much worse. International donors are giving over 200 million dollars for AIDS programs every year, but many Kenyans believe that these vital funds are not getting through. The price of the government's apparent unwillingness to tackle corrupt officials has been that donor funding for Kenya is scaled back. And yet at the same time Kenya's government is calling for debt relief on its $600 million annual debt repayments.

Kenya was one of the countries which signed up to a global partnership deal aimed at halving the number of people living in poverty by 2015. In return for more foreign aid, Kenya promised to govern itself more openly and honestly: its answer to weeding out corruption is the Anti-Corruption Commission, established in May 2003.

'The visual impact of the gripping documentaries in the Life 5 series make them extremely powerful teaching tools for university, and indeed, other classrooms. In succinct episodes they raise and contextualise some of the most critical issues in the world today. These episodes are produced in an extremely objective manner and allow an audience easily to come to grips with an array of complex problems. They ought to be an indispensable part of the teaching curriculum.' Dr. Jeremy Sarkin, Visiting Professor of International Human Rights, Tufts University

'The film conveys a very positive message, i.e. a country trying to overcome the problem of corruption in governance by establishing a high level 'Anti-Corruption Commission.' But the star of the film is the boy who takes care of his sisters while mother is in the hospital - it is good to show that kids can be the best role models for other kids. Another star is the teacher who describes the failures of previous aid programs and concludes that the best thing to do would be to 'bring the stuff directly to us.'' Luis Gutierrez, Editor, Solidarity, Sustainability, and Non-Violence Research Newsletter


Main credits

Sullivan, Rob (film director)
Kelly, Brenda (film producer)
Bower, Dick (film producer)
Andoh, Adjoa (narrator)

Other credits

Executive producer, Brenda Kelly; series producer, Dick Bower.

Docuseek subjects

Distributor subjects

African Studies
Business Practices
Developing World
Human Rights
International Studies
Millennium Development Goals
Social Justice
United Nations


corruption, Kenya, Mwai Kibaki, Daniel arap Moi, HIV/AIDS, debt relief, Millennium Development Goals, Anti-Corruption Commission, government corruption, international donors, global partnership, foreign aid, Wangari Maathai; "Killing Poverty"; Bullfrog Films