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OU on the BBC: Why Poverty?

Updated Friday 16th November 2012

The Why Poverty? project uses a series of documentaries asking why, in the 21st century, a billion people still live in poverty. Delve into our resources to find out more

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Why Poverty Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: 2012 Why Poverty? Still from the film Solar Mamas Non-profit organisation Steps International has created the Why Poverty? initiative as a groundbreaking cross-media project to help audiences across the world understand what they can do about poverty. 

The project creates an international partnership with broadcasters such as the BBC, NGOs, institutions such as The Open University and concerned citizens around the world. 

Find out more about the series by visiting the BBC pages, and get information on the project by visiting the Why Poverty? website. You can also find out more about the Living with Poverty series which focuses on UK poverty. 

A big aim of the project is to produce narratives that inspire people to think and be part of the solution. Can you be one of those people? First watch the fascinating documentaries on the Why Poverty website or YouTube site, then follow the steps below to start making a difference. 


For further information, take a look at our frequently asked questions which may give you the support you need.

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