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In the last 50 years, up to trillion from all over the world have been poured into Africa in the form of development aid. The results are sobering. Some countries and regions are poorer after the aid than before. How can this be? Using the examples of Kenya, Mali and Tanzania, the film shows how development aid goes wrong. Dam projects, for instance, which first and foremost provide commissions for foreign companies, or food aid that encourages passivity and destroys the local economy. Sweet Poison is a plea not for an end to international solidarity, quite the opposite: Africa should at last be able to do good business for itself, and not just for its helpers.