We’re not campaigners. We’re not pushing for a single, specific solution to global poverty.

Eight documentaries from award-winning filmmakers and 34 shorts from new and emerging talents. The films are moving, subtle and thought-provoking stories, but they also tackle big issues and pose difficult questions.

The films were shown around the world in November 2012 on more than 70 national broadcasters. The documentaries are now all free to view online and download.  They’re currently available in Spanish and English – we’ll be adding other languages as we get them.

You can watch all the films and look at the Facilitator’s/Educator’s Guide online now.
 You can download the films and the Facilitator’s Guide PDF.
 You can also contact us to order our full DVD Box Set, which includes a Facilitator’s Guide booklet. (There is a small charge for this.)



  1. To produce narratives that inspire people to think and be part of the solution
  2. To involve the best filmmakers in the creation of bold and provocative factual films
  3. To bring together broadcasters worldwide and engage with a wide and diverse audience through multiple media platforms
  4. To create a global outreach campaign, supplementing the broadcasts with extra teaching materials
  5. To engage with decision-makers and influencers to find solutions for change


Use our content

We want to get as many people as possible thinking and talking about poverty – so we want to share our content freely.

If you’d like to use our films on a website, at your school in a newsletter, or even arrange a screening – please help yourself. Broadly, our content is freely available for non-commercial use. Before using, please read and agree to our terms and conditions. If you want to use our material for commercial reasons, please contact us. You can also find the T&Cs for our website.


Who’s behind Why Poverty?

The project was initiated and produced by Steps International, a non-profit organisation that combines documentaries, new media, old media and outreach to get millions of people talking about big issues. Steps ran a similar project, Why Democracy? in 2007 and Why Poverty? builds on that.


Partners & Broadcasters

You can see the list of Why Poverty? partners and broadcasters here.