Dialog Box

Human Rights | Social Justice
Disaster Capitalism


$7,135 Raised of

"When aid and politics meets business, who really gains from the global giving industry?"

DISASTER CAPITALISM reveals the underbelly of the global aid and investment industry. It’s a complex web of interests that spans the earth from powerful nations and multinational corporations to tribal and village leaders. This feature-length documentary offers unique insights into a multi-billion dollar world by investigating how aid dollars are spent. 

We are all aid givers. Aid shapes our global economy, our geo-political landscape, even our security. The money that fuels the aid ‘industry’ often comes from well-intentioned individuals who donate money after natural disasters. It’s also the tax dollars of ordinary citizens in Western countries that’s dolled out in the name of foreign policy and diplomacy. Sometimes aid is given for both - making the giving and taking of aid one of the most complex of activities. But the scale of this billion-dollar beast is growing and at stake is the welfare of the most vulnerable people in the world. 

Best-selling journalist Antony Loewenstein takes viewers on a wild ride through this world and some of the most challenging nations on the planet. As it unfolds, he becomes increasingly aware of the dark ways in which aid and the corporate dollar collide and the challenges in shifting this relationship.


How does the project meet the aims of a philanthropic foundation?

Disaster Capitalism is suitable for philanthropic support in several ways: 

International Global Aid groups seek support from philanthropic organisations and individuals as a primary source of income. Philanthropists need to stay well connected to analysing where their money goes, how effectively it is being used and long term sustainability of projects. 

 Disaster Capitalism questions the industry of AID, is a critical appraisal of AID outcomes and provides a valuable watch list of how to give better so as not to perpetuate corruption and malfeasance in the places we hope to help. 

 We believe that philanthropists engaged in the issues of social justice, human rights, democracy, global aid and anti corruption will be interested in supporting Disaster Capitalism.

Aims & Objectives

What outcomes do you hope to achieve by making this film and how will you measure its impact?

We aim to challenge the accepted, and often false notions, about aid and development that exist in the world by screening the documentary in the countries where the film is set, direct digital, film festivals, mainstream cinemas and organize engagement events with NGOs and the UN in the United States, Britain and Australia. We want to directly target the innumerable people who work for aid organisations and discuss the positive and negative sides of their work, using the film as a case study. We want to engage local communities in Afghanistan, Haiti and PNG, through indigenous and foreign NGOs and social media, to effect change in the countries where aid, mining and development policies are directly relevant. 

What is your education and outreach strategy?

Our outreach strategy will be to create education materials to be used in the Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CSR) sector of medium to large corporations and International NGO’s; to challenge policymakers to think more about the effect of their work on the people most directly affected in developing nations and empower locals rather than just Western contractors. 

We have contacts with local NGOs in Haiti, PNG and Afghanistan and we intend to arrange screenings in those countries and others to spark discussion about the themes in the film including bringing more accountability to the aid industry. 

The documentary and education materials will aims to challenge policy and policy makers to think more about the effect of their work on the people most directly affected in developing nations and empower locals rather than just Western contractors who often receive high salaries. The filmmakers will also embark on a University screening tour which will be accompanied by a workshop.

Thor Neureiter
Rebecca Barry & Antony Loewenstein
Total budget
75 Minutes