The Great African Scandal
Produced by Robert Beckford
“Has the West replaced slavery with economic chains? For several decades, western companies and organizations like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank have effectively run the economies of many African countries.”
Academic Robert Beckford visits Ghana to investigate the hidden costs of rice, chocolate and gold and why, 50 years after independence, a country so rich in natural resources is one of the poorest in the world. He discovers child labourers farming cocoa instead of attending school and asks if the activities of multinationals, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund have actually made the country’s problems worse.