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Development Matters

Film Screening: Fatal Assistance

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Featuring commentary by

Vijaya Ramachandran
Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Michael Clemens
Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

CGD is pleased to announce a screening of Fatal Assistance, part of our film series, Global Development Matters.

Haitian born filmmaker Raoul Peck takes us on a 2-year journey inside the challenging, contradictory and colossal rebuilding efforts in post-earthquake Haiti. Through its provocative and radical point of view, Fatal Assistance offers a devastating indictment of the international community's post-disaster idealism. The film dives headlong into the complexity of the reconstruction process and the practices and impact of worldwide humanitarian and development aid, revealing the disturbing extent of a general failure. We learn that a major portion of the money pledged to Haiti was never disbursed, nor made it into the actual reconstruction. Fatal Assistance leads us to one clear conclusion: current aid policies and practice in Haiti need to stop immediately.

Following the screening of the film, CGD Senior Fellows Vijaya Ramachandran and Michael Clemens will provide commentary, before opening the floor to questions from the audience.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
**Light refreshments will be provided**