The Alliance Française de Nairobi together with Foreign Correspondents Association of East Africa hosted the screening of ‘Good Fortune’ at the A/F auditorium on Monday 7 June 2010.
Good Fortune film Poster
‘Good Fortune’ is a movie/documentary that highlights the Kibera Slum House Upgrading Project undertaken by UNEP and the Kenyan Government & the Dominion Farm in Yala Swamp Project.
This was movie/documentary was shot back in 2007 and captures images of 2007 campaigns and also has small shots of post election violence.
Film was followed by a panel discussion on the debate of aid to
- Landon Van Soest- Director/Producer of film
- Ali Khan, Kenyan Economist
- Leo Roozendaal, Oxfam’s Regional Director
- Aldo Biondi, European Commission
The West has spent $2.3 trillion in charitable aid over the last 50 years but has failed to significantly reduce poverty levels in
Landon Van Soest provided back ground information on the film. Some of those I managed to catch were;
- He spent 4-5 years researching and making the film
- His main Objective was to study development in
- He spent roughly 4 years in the Yala firm Project
- He was funded by a foundation that deals with Environmental issues
- He has screen the film in areas that he has influence i.e. it has been screen in USAID, WB circles and some USA Universities.
Ali Khan, Kenyan Economist and founder of www.rich.co.ke brought forth alternative & insightful perspectives backed with data to this debate.
Aldo Biondi gave perspectives from humanitarian arm of development.
NB: All speakers did emphasize that foreign aid is Not a bad perspective to tackling some of the major problems presented to day but the are aspects of it which are bad and some good.
The film deals with perceptions of poverty and is a good starting point to critically think about foreign aid to
The West has spent billions of dollars over the years on aid to