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Why Poverty? Stealing Africa

Why Poverty? Stealing Africa
Radio Times
Review by:
Gill Crawford

Zambia has huge copper reserves that are making commodities companies like Glencore rich, yet Zambia itself is one of the world’s poorest countries. Why is the money – mainly in the form of tax revenue – bypassing Zambia and heading straight into the coffers of cantons in Switzerland?

Film-maker Christoffer Guidbrandsen reveals the complex trail of tax avoidance by which the likes of Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg can earn billions while most Zambians are living on less than $2 a day. It’s a sorry tale.

About this programme

Christoffer Guldbrandsen investigates how the CEO of commodities giant Glencore is paying tax in Switzerland rather than in Africa, where the copper mines that generate the company's wealth are located. As a result, the Swiss village of Ruschlikon has more money than it needs, while in Zambia, 60 per cent of the population lives on less than $1 a day and 80 per cent are unemployed. Part of Why Poverty? season.

Cast and crew

Cast

Presenter
Christoffer Guldbrandsen

Crew

Director
Christoffer Guldbrandsen
Producer
Henrik Veileborg
Categories
Documentary

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