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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 — and long-standing producing relationships with the MCC, IMF, USAID, World Bank, and others.

Washington DC Video Production “Never Refuse the Call,” The Story of the IMF

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 […]

Washington DC Video Production Services: “Economic Stability is Like Fresh Air,” The IMF in Ghana

2018Time: 3:09IMF

In early 2017 Ghana’s economy faced multiple challenges ranging from declining GDP to a high fiscal deficit. Find out how the IMF partnered with Ghana to face these challenges. Credits: […]

Washington DC Video Production: “A Celtic Tiger Booms & Busts” [#1/6] The IMF in Ireland

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 USAID Video Production: “Ghana & The Global Shea Alliance”

2018Time: 2:55USAID

This is the story of Rita Dampson, a shea butter entrepreneur in Ghana who has built her cooperative up to more than 1,000 village women. USAID and the Global Shea Alliance […]

Washington DC Video Production: “A Peace Plan, Oil Shock, & Crisis” [#1/4] The IMF in Colombia

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: “Emerging Senegal: Guaranteed,” MIGA in Africa

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: “Crisis! Ireland Calls the IMF” [#2/6] The IMF in Ireland

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: “The Troika Comes to Dublin” [#3/6] The IMF in Ireland

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: “Stress Test Consensus & Bondholder Dispute” [#4/6] The IMF in Ireland

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: “Austerity, Toward Recovery” [#5/6] The IMF in Ireland

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] The IMF in Ireland

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 […]

Washington DC Sustainable Development Video Production: By Afghans, for Afghans: POV, 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 […]

Washington DC Video Production: “Azerbaijan: Corporate Governance,” International Finance Corporation

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: “A Tax Reform Succeeds” [#2/4] The IMF in Colombia

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: “Business Goes to Quibdó,” [#4/4] The IMF in Colombia

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: “Peace is Good for Business” [#3/4] The IMF in Colombia

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 […]

Washington DC Video Production: “FDI in Vietnam,” The IMF & 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 […]

Washington DC Video Production: “Metamorphosis,” The IMF & Vietnam

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 […]

Washington DC Video Production: “Partners in Progress” The IMF in Ireland, Vietnam & Colombia

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 […]

Washington DC Video Production: “Privatizing Vietnam’s State-Owned Companies,” The IMF & Vietnam

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 […]

Washington DC Video Production: “Breakthrough Financing Brings Much-Needed Hospital,” MIGA in Turkey

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 […]

Washington DC Video Production: “Vietnam Rising,” The IMF & Vietnam

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: “Samir’s Cattle Business,” USAID in Lebanon

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 […]

Washington DC Government Video Production: “Annie’s Story,” Millennium Challenge Corporation in Malawi

2018Time: 2:06MCC

This is the story of Annie’s tragic loss and her new passion. It’s also the story of how the Millennium Challenge Corporation helped Malawian women in river communities develop new […]

Washington DC USAID Video Production: Haiti, Private Sector Development

2018Time: 3:26USAID

This is the story of Hermine, one of many Haitians working hard to recover after 2010’s devastating earthquake. Hermine  works at a clothing factory. When Hermine’s company receives a grant from […]

Washington DC Government Video Production: “Emily’s Story,” Millennium Challenge Corporation in Malawi

2018Time: 1:24MCC

This is the story of Emily’s new business, beekeeping, and her improved quality of life. It’s also the story of how the Millennium Challenge Corporation helped Malawian women in river […]

Washington DC Government Video Production: “Judith & Alice’s Story,” Millennium Challenge Corporation in Malawi

2018Time: 1:57MCC

This is the story of Judith and Alice’s new business and their improved quality of life. It’s also the story of how the Millennium Challenge Corporation helped Malawian women in […]

Washington DC Government Video Production: “Mary’s Story,” Millennium Challenge Corporation in Malawi

2018Time: 1:50MCC

This is the story of Mary’s new business and her improved quality of life. It’s also the story of how the Millennium Challenge Corporation helped Malawian women in river communities […]

Washington DC Government Video Production: “Powering Malawi,” The Millennium Challenge Corporation in Malawi

2018Time: 3:25MCC

This is the story of Malawi’s power sector reforms and how it is spurring economic growth and poverty reduction by by improving the availability, reliability and quality of the power […]

Washington DC Video Production Services: “The Power of Education,” The IMF & Vietnam

2017Time: 1:32IMF

Vietnam has invested heavily in education, allowing young people to fulfill their dreams of starting their own business. Hear how Nguyen Thu Ha thinks her studies will enable her to […]

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