Hands On 7 | Take it personally

This Hands On programme takes a personal view of how development can affect lives and livelihoods of people around the world. Ranging from the homeless on the streets of Hungary, to fish farmers in Vietnam and the poor tribal peoples of Nepal, innovative projects are transforming their lives. Visit our Hands On site for more […]

Hands On 5 | Packing a Punch

Social provisions, such as education and health care, are considered a basic human right. However, in some parts of the world, the basic needs of some marginalised communities are still left unattended. ‘Packing a Punch’ explores a series of World Bank projects that are attempting to include the previously excluded; to extend life’s basic necessities […]

Survivre a Tout Prix

Set in a village in rural Burkina Faso, Fanta Regina Nacros’ moving documentary film follows the campaign by community health worker Kobo, and his midwife and health practitioner colleague Judith, to increase local parents’ awareness of the vital role that better nutrition, improved hygiene and bed-nets can play in helping keep their young children alive. […]

Life in Slow Motion

A striking Nollywood drama, Tunde Kelani’s story is a morality tale about what’s known as the ‘Dutch effect’ – the fact that oil and other resource wealth has often been more of a curse than a blessing in African countries – and for the most vulnerable section of the population in particular. Jimi Bello, a […]

The Sharing Day

Ten-year old Tabitha is an HIV positive orphan who lives with her Mainini (a Shona word for aunt) in a village in Zimbabwe. But embittered at being abandoned by her husband and worn out by the daily struggle to survive in Zimbabwe’s economic crisis, Mainini neglects Tabitha, and crucially fails to feed her the nutritious […]

Early Life | The Mayor’s Footsteps: Peru

Warned that the child he’s talked to will grow up poor and violent, Mayor Amilcar Huancahuari sighs. If only we could start young, he believes, we’d have a better chance of a peaceful and prosperous world. We need to keep young children away from violence, and develop their brains from birth. But is that just […]

Life on the Edge 2 | Silk Ceiling part 2

Indian TV journalist Ritu Bhardawaj reckons that the dancing girls have a special insight into the plight of women. That’s because they’re really men, dressed up for the Navratri festivities in the Indian state of Bihar. Ritu is visiting Bihar to continue her report on the ‘Silk Ceiling’ – the invisible barrier which confronts so […]

Life on the Edge 2 | Silk Ceiling part 1

In New Delhi, Ritu Bhardawaj is a star to the neighbourhood children. Not only does she help with their homework, but she’s also a glamorous TV reporter. For young Indian girls like Kiran and Monika, she’s a role model – at 25, a small town girl from Haryana state, in a society that doesn’t favour […]

Life on the Edge 2 | Moments of Truth

In 1984 Charles Stewart shot the first film to alert the world to the terrible famine taking place in Korem, in Ethiopia. It helped trigger the 1985 Live Aid concert, leading in turn to the largest public donation of aid from around the world ever seen. Now in his 70s, Charles and his partner Pat […]

Life on the Edge IV | Kung Fu Nuns

Kunzang amazed her parents by leaving home to become a Drukpa nun, the Buddhist religion named in honour of dragons. But that was only a start – now she’s learned Kung Fu, and is even leading the nuns in performing the ancient Dragon Dance itself. For centuries the Drukpa nuns, high in the Indian Himalayas, […]