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There is probably no greater force for peace in the world than mutual business interests. That is the driving philosophy behind the Bretton Woods institutions set up in the wake of World War 2, namely the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Dozens of US-based international organizations focus on these issues: promoting private sector development, macroeconomic stability, microfinance, and small business growth in developing countries worldwide. Working to reduce poverty around the world is not just the right thing to do: it helps create stable middle classes, minimizes conflict, and encourages peace and prosperity.

Dorst MediaWorks’ founder Steve Dorst received his Master’s in Economics at the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC. His interest in these issues propelled Dorst MediaWorks’ focus on video production around business and economics topics. We look forward to working with you.

IMF: Never Refuse the Call

2017Time: 2:38IMF

Economic hardship can strike anywhere. Before World War II, countries rarely sought outside advice on monetary and fiscal policy. But as the global economy zigs and zags, who do countries […]

Emerging Senegal: Guaranteed

2017Time: 4:15MIGA

This is the story of the Dakar Port, and how Senegal got a world-class container terminal thanks to the investments of Dubai Port World. It’s also the story of Standard […]

Washington DC USAID Video Production: Lebanon & Rabih’s Fishing Business

2014Time: 03:46USAID

This is the story of Rabih, who struggles to make a living as a fisherman before buying a new boat and building his business. And the microfinance institution Al Majmoua, […]

Washington DC USAID Video Production: Lebanon & Hala’s Flower Shop

2014Time: 03:49USAID

This is the story of Hala, who had a passion for flower arranging and used to dream of starting her own business. And the microfinance institution Vitas, which is extending […]

Washington DC Video Production: Ireland, A Celtic Tiger Booms & Busts [1/6]

2018Time: 2:11IMF

This is the story of the Irish Miracle, crisis, and recovery. When the Irish economy overheated in 2008, a property bubble and banking crisis provoked a severe economic downturn. In part because […]

Washington DC Video Production: Crisis! Ireland Calls the IMF [2/6]

2018Time: 2:00

When the Irish Miracle overheated in 2008, a property bubble and banking crisis provoked a severe economic downturn. In part because of regional dynamics and the Great Recession, Ireland’s response was insufficient, and […]

Washington DC Video Production: Ireland, The Troika Comes to Dublin [3/6]

2018Time: 1:57IMF

When the Irish Miracle overheated in 2008, a property bubble and banking crisis provoked a severe economic downturn. In part because of regional dynamics and the Great Recession, Ireland’s response was insufficient, and […]

Washington DC Video Production: Ireland, Stress Test Consensus & Bondholder Dispute [4/6]

2018Time: 2:51

When the Irish Miracle overheated in 2008, a property bubble and banking crisis provoked a severe economic downturn. In part because of regional dynamics and the Great Recession, Ireland’s response was insufficient, and […]

Washington DC Video Production: Ireland’s Austerity, Toward Recovery [5/6]

2018Time: 1:58IMF

When the Irish Miracle overheated in 2008, a property bubble and banking crisis provoked a severe economic downturn. In part because of regional dynamics and the Great Recession, Ireland’s response was insufficient, and […]

Washington DC Video Production: Ireland, Inc 2.0 [6/6]

2018Time: 3:01IMF

When the Irish Miracle overheated in 2008, a property bubble and banking crisis provoked a severe economic downturn. In part because of regional dynamics and the Great Recession, Ireland’s response was insufficient, and […]

Washington DC USAID Video Production: Ethiopia & Sara’s Handicraft Passion

2014Time: 04:26IESC

This is the story of Sara, a fashion designer from Ethiopia. Not long ago, she had seven employees and was struggling to turn a profit in the local market. Today she […]

By Afghans, for Afghans: Point of View (Mohammad Jaqob Hotak)

2014Time: 03:15USDA

This is the story of Dr. Jaqob, the director of HR at the 9,000-member Ministry of Agriculture in Kabul. Following the war, his office is in shambles, unable to help millions […]

Azerbaijan: Corporate Governance

2011Time: 09:49IFC

This is the story of a donor, a banker, a businessman, a regulator, a journalist, and a professor — all who’ve contributed to improving the corporate governance in the fast-changing economy of […]

Washington DC Video Production – Colombia: A Peace Plan, Oil Shock, & Crisis [1/4]

2018Time: 3:05IMF

This is the story of Colombia’s resilience in the face of economic crisis, which allowed it to move forward during an historic peace process. Today, a 53-year civil war with […]

Washington DC Video Production: Colombia, A Tax Reform Succeeds [2/4]

2018Time: 2:28IMF

This is the story of Colombia’s resilience in the face of economic crisis, which allowed it to move forward during an historic peace process. Today, a 53-year civil war with […]

Washington DC Video Production: Colombia, Business Goes to Quibdó [4/4] for the IMF

2018Time: 3:18IMF

This is the story of Colombia’s resilience in the face of economic crisis, which allowed it to move forward during an historic peace process. Today, a 53-year civil war with […]

Colombia: Family Business Governance

2013Time: 02:46IFC

This is the story of Colombia’s Carvajal family, how it is transforming the business practices of a multi-generational family business to meet the challenges of global expansion. The International Finance Corporation, […]

Washington DC Video Production: Colombia, Peace is Good for Business [3/4]

2018Time: 2:27IMF

This is the story of Colombia’s resilience in the face of economic crisis, which allowed it to move forward during an historic peace process. Today, a 53-year civil war with […]

Washington DC Video Production – Egypt: Family Business Governance

2013Time: 03:19IFC

This is the story of two Lebanese families, the Freijis and Nasrallahs, and their Egypt-based industrial company, the Wadi Group. When they made fundamental improvements to Wadi’s board structure, that was when the company […]

FDI in Vietnam

2018Time: 2:29IMF

Foreign direct investment (FDI) has become a huge driver of growth for Vietnam, attracting businesses seeking large-scale production capacity and skilled workers. Samsung’s Mr. Ha Chan Ho shares his experience […]

IFC Corporate Governance Advisory Services

2015Time: 3:13IFC

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, provides a range of specialized services designed to strengthen companies by improving corporate governance. In addition to providing assessments, improvement plans, and […]

Washington DC Video Production – Kenya: “Kinote’s Story” (in Japanese) for IFC

2013Time: 03:58World Bank Group

This is the story of Kinote, who almost gives up farming before learning profitable coffee production. And the company Ecom SMS, which is providing training and market access to smallholder […]

Metamorphosis

2017Time: 1:27IMF

In just 30 years, Vietnam has undergone a profound transformation from planned economy to the next Asian Tiger. The IMF sent documentary filmmaker Steve Dorst to Vietnam to search out stories […]

Mexico: Delfino’s Story

2013Time: 04:16World Bank Group

This is the story of Delfino, who goes from being evicted to owning his first house. And the company Vinte, which is building affordable housing for low-income home buyers in […]

Partners in Progress

2017Time: 6:30IMF

Policymakers from Ireland, Vietnam, and Colombia speak about their journeys to overcome financial difficulties and build stronger economies, and how the International Monetary Fund was able to help. One of […]

Privatizing Vietnam’s State-Owned Companies

2018Time: 3:06IMF

When Vietnam started privatizing state-owned enterprises in the 1980s, the private sector began to flourish. When Vinamilk, a dairy product company, was privatized the company expanded globally, and today is […]

Strengthening Corporate Governance in Fragile and Conflict-affected Countries

2016Time: 7:03IFC

Today many countries face political instability or are struggling to emerge from years of conflict. This threatens to destroy once vibrant businesses, sending more people into poverty. IFC works in […]

Turkey: Breakthrough Financing Brings Much-Needed Hospital

2017Time: 3:19MIGA

This is the story of recent breakthroughs in the application of political risk insurance and liquidity support which are incentivizing private investors to invest in developing countries. MIGA political risk insurance, and […]

Vietnam Rising

2018Time: 3:45

Opening up to trade and reforming the economy has helped Vietnam lift 40 million people out of poverty over the last three decades. Find out why — and how — […]

Washington DC USAID Video Production: Birth of Ethiopia’s NovaStar Garments

2014Time: 03:45IESC

This is the story of Mohammed, who moves back to Ethiopia after 18 years in the U.S. to open a textile factory. The problem is, he doesn’t have much experience, […]

Washington DC USAID Video Production: Ethiopia’s Tikur Abay Targets America

2014Time: 04:05IESC

This is the story of Abebe, who owns a shoe company in Ethiopia. Working with USAID, what can he do to break into the massive U.S. market? Since 1964, IESC […]

Washington DC USAID Video Production: Expanding Microfinance in Rural Lebanon

2014Time: 4:42USAID

This is the story of a USAID project, Lebanon Investment in Microfinance Program, which worked with nine microfinance institutions to improve access to finance and increase lending to business owners […]

Washington DC USAID Video Production: Lebanon & Samir’s Cattle Business

2014Time: 04:07USAID

This is the story of Samir, who almost gives up cattle farming before finally building a thriving business. And the microfinance institution Emkan, which is extending loans to fishermen and […]

Washington DC USAID Video Production: Promoting Trade in Ethiopia

2014Time: 4:48IESC

This is the story of Mohammed, Sarah, and Abebe, three Ethiopian businesspeople who built successful companies exporting to the United States. It’s also the story of USAID, whose advice and […]

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