Small Changes

Small Changes
Small Changes is a series of one-on-one interviews with people who’ve seen a problem in the world and set out to change it - often in small and unexpected ways

‘The blood lady’: the medical start-up founder saving lives in Nigeria
Dec 19, 2018 • 18 min
When Temie Giwa-Tubosun realised Nigerians lacked safe access to vital health care products like blood she decided to do something about it. That decision changed her life and saved those of many others
‘What happened to me will not happen to my daughters’: sexual violence in war
Dec 12, 2018 • 17 min
Kosovan-born Vasfije Krasniqi-Goodman explains how a survivors’ network has empowered her and others to speak out against rape as a weapon of conflict
Defying the Taliban: Afghanistan’s secret schools for girls
Dec 5, 2018 • 18 min
Suraya Pakzad talks to Lucy Lamble about her work championing girls’ education – and living on red alert for the next Taliban raid
‘I live in the 21st century, not the 10th’: the first female judge in a sharia court
Nov 28, 2018 • 18 min
The Judge, a new film by award-winning director Erika Cohn, tells the incredible story of how Kholoud Al-Faqih achieved her improbable dream of representing women in the Middle East’s all-male religious courts
‘Suddenly you have to run for your life’: a film-maker’s take on life in Sudan
Nov 21, 2018 • 19 min
Award-winning director Hajooj Kuka on the realities of life in a wartorn country, and the inspiration for aKasha, his first feature film
‘My father’s murderers are still free’: taking on Mexico’s violent underworld
Nov 14, 2018 • 22 min
Investigative journalist Anabel Hernández has risked her life to expose corruption at the heart of her country’s violent ‘drug wars’. She tells Lucy Lamble why staying silent is not an option
‘Disability is not the end of the world’: reinventing yourself after becoming blind
Nov 7, 2018 • 15 min
Activist Christophe Oulé had a glittering career in engineering in Burkina Faso when he lost his sight. Now he campaigns tirelessly to improve the lives of other blind people. He talks to Lucy Lamble
‘It’s a long fight’: the communities devastated by Brazil’s dam collapse
Oct 31, 2018 • 13 min
Three years after the country’s worst environmental disaster, in which 19 people died, Lucy Lamble hears how Letícia Oliveira is still campaigning for justice for the people affected
Capital offence: tackling harassment on public transport in Bogotá
Oct 24, 2018 • 16 min
In Colombia’s capital, many women are reliant on buses. Ángela Anzola and the city’s mayor want transport designed by men to be safer for women
‘Inequality is a poison’: campaigning for Muslim women’s rights
Oct 17, 2018 • 15 min
Shahin Ashraf’s experience growing up as a British Muslim has led to a life campaigning for gender equality around the world
Fighting for LGBT rights in a country where lesbians are caned
Oct 10, 2018 • 15 min
Criminalised by the state and targeted by vigilantes, Malaysia’s LGBT community faces rampant persecution. Thi Laga, a co-founder of rights group Justice for Sisters, has become a leading figure in the fightback
Fighting the advance of the desert: the forest maker of the Sahel
Oct 3, 2018 • 17 min
The Australian agronomist Tony Rinaudo reveals the secrets that brought about extraordinary results in dozens of countries, from Senegal to Ethiopia
The Mosul historian who risked his life to blog about life under Isis
Sep 26, 2018 • 16 min
When his beloved city was occupied by Islamic State, Iraqi Omar Mohammed was determined to document every atrocity – as anonymous blogger Mosul Eye
‘I’m a living manifestation of possibility’: South Africa’s emissary on disability
Sep 19, 2018 • 21 min
Eddie Ndopu defied expectations as the first African with a disability to graduate from Oxford. Now he wants to be the first wheelchair user in space
‘It came at a great cost but it was worth it’: Bangladesh protests
Sep 12, 2018 • 15 min
Our guest this week is a teenager who was involved in mass demonstrations in Dhaka that were sparked after two children were killed by a bus
‘Dance has done so much for me’: the leader of Kenya’s slum ballet school
Aug 22, 2018 • 19 min
Mike Wamaya discusses how performing ballet helps children transcend the chaos and violence of life in Kibera
‘Girls who leave militias get rejected’: helping child soldiers go home
Aug 15, 2018 • 16 min
Lucy Lamble talks to Sandra Olsson from Child Soldiers International, who works with girls formerly caught up in armed groups in Democratic Republic of the Congo as they struggle to settle back in their communities
The football-loving lawyer moving the goalposts for girls’ rights in Kenya
Aug 8, 2018 • 19 min
After studying human rights law, Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan returned to her hometown to promote peace and champion women’s rights – through ball skills and teamwork
‘I was always a rebel who stood up for my rights’: rise of a Tunisian activist
Aug 1, 2018 • 20 min
When protests in Tunisia sparked revolution across the region and in the Middle East, Aya Chebbi found her political voice
How opera found an open ear in South Africa’s townships
Jul 25, 2018 • 19 min
Critic Shirley Apthorp was inspired by Venezuela’s use of music to empower communities but realised the post-apartheid generation needed a change of key to unlock an artform so associated with a white elite
Resistance 101: the video game going to war on malaria
Jul 18, 2018 • 16 min
To fight this disease you need creativity, says Marlize Coleman, whose innovation teaches health workers the best way to zap mosquitoes
The cashless taxi system that’s reducing Rwanda’s traffic accidents
Jul 11, 2018 • 14 min
Entrepreneur Karanvir Singh has come up with a cashless system for motorbike taxis to help passengers get a fair deal – and improve road safety
The Palestinian engineer using ashes and rubble to rebuild Gaza
Jul 4, 2018 • 17 min
Young social entrepreneur Majd Mashharawi talks about how she transforms the debris left by conflict into eco-friendly housing materials, helping people reconstruct their lives
‘Half of Indian children are sexually abused’: a survivor speaks out
Jun 27, 2018 • 19 min
Award-winning social activist, TEDx speaker and filmmaker Insia Dariwala talks about her hopes for a world where boys and girls can be safe and free
The doctor from Myanmar faced with 1 million patients and a plague of rats
Jun 20, 2018 • 19 min
When disaster struck his community in remote Chin state, Dr SaSa rushed to help – and found himself trying to treat 400 people a day
Executed, disappeared, tortured: the risks of defending human rights
May 30, 2018 • 19 min
In the climate of fear following the murder of activist Berta Cáceres in Honduras, Lucy Lamble talks to Ana Paula Hernández about her work supporting campaigners who fight to protect native lands
‘Every girl is forced by our culture into FGM’: battling for change in Kenya
May 23, 2018 • 19 min
From rescuing girls from female genital mutilation to championing women’s political rights, Leah Chebet Psiya is breaking down barriers in her Pokot community in eastern Kenya
‘Children were dying of hunger’: the doctor fighting for Ecuador’s poor – podcast
May 16, 2018 • 18 min
Medic turned health activist Dr Erika Arteaga-Cruz has vowed to remedy the country’s poor record on treatment for communities in dire need
Could this man end the 35-year tyranny of Cameroon’s President Biya?
May 9, 2018 • 18 min
Despite never having held political office, lawyer Akere Muna is on a mission to fight corruption by standing for election as Cameroon’s leader
‘It’s everywhere – in factories, in the bedroom’: fighting India’s gender violence
May 2, 2018 • 24 min
Against the backdrop of #MeToo and the country’s infamous rape cases, Lucy Lamble talks to activist Seema Nair about her work empowering Indian women
Sun, sand and thousands of refugees: the Lesbos volunteer
Apr 25, 2018 • 26 min
Shocked by the humanitarian crisis she saw unfolding in Greece, Ayesha Keller got on a plane to see if she could help save lives
From cattle herder to big pharma expert: one man’s fight to end malaria
Apr 18, 2018 • 21 min
Dr Allan Pamba on the ‘silent epidemic’ that drove him to leave his Kenyan village, train as a clinician and become a leading authority on global health
The woman who braves bullets and bombs to uphold her father’s legacy in Somalia
Apr 11, 2018 • 19 min
Elman Ali Ahmed dedicated his life to disarming child soldiers and trying to end conflict in Somalia – now his daughter, Ilwad, is following in his footsteps
Human experience will always speak louder than any campaign
Apr 4, 2018 • 16 min
Lucy Lamble talks to an Amnesty International expert about the importance of letting people in tough situations tell their own stories
Block like an Egyptian: roller derby team get women’s rights on track
Mar 28, 2018 • 17 min
Lucy Lamble talks to Angie Kaster, co-founder of Egypt’s first roller derby team – the all-female CaiRollers – about how this brutal contact sport is empowering local women
‘Oxfam allegations are tip of iceberg’: sexual harassment and aid workers
Feb 14, 2018 • 10 min
Lucy Lamble talks to Rebecca Ratcliffe about her investigations into exploitation and the misuse of power in humanitarian organisations
‘Everything was clouded by Trump in 2017’: a challenging year for poor nations
Dec 19, 2017 • 20 min
Lucy Lamble looks back over 12 months of critical changes for developing countries, dominated by the devastating effects of the ‘global gag rule’
‘It was unbelievable horror’: the Rohingya crisis
Dec 7, 2017 • 17 min
With nearly a million Rohingya driven out of Myanmar in what the UN has called textbook ‘ethnic cleansing’, Lucy Lamble hears about the situation on the ground in Bangladesh – and how the international community can help
‘Famine as mass atrocity’: in conversation with Alex de Waal
Nov 22, 2017 • 15 min
When the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union, they planned to starve 30 million people to death. Seven decades on, famine as a weapon of war is making a comeback, says the author of an authoritative new history British risk complicity in Yemen ‘famine crime’,…
‘Making war is easier than making peace’: in conversation with Colombia’s President Santos
Nov 8, 2017 • 13 min
With six months left in office, Juan Manuel Santos talks to Lucy Lamble about whether his acclaimed yet controversial peace deal can survive the transition
‘Some people believe disability is contagious’: breaking down barriers in Mozambique
Oct 10, 2017 • 21 min
From school to the workplace, people with disabilities in Mozambique face stigma and discrimination. They are far less likely to be educated and can find it impossible to get into work. Lucy Lamble travels to Sofala province to see how a new initiative is…
We need to talk about … Population and climate change
Oct 7, 2017 • 66 min
In this monthly podcast, Guardian supporters ask the questions and a Guardian panel try to provide the answers. This episode focuses on whether people should be having fewer children for the sake of the planet – and if so, how that societal change might…
‘Without health, people have nothing’: Tanzania seeks a political salve – podcast
Jul 28, 2017 • 13 min
Backed by Graça Machel and her fellow Elders, the Tanzanian government is introducing healthcare reforms that could revitalise its economic prospects. Lucy Lamble investigates Read the transcript Can we ever achieve the greatest aspiration – healthcare…
Why we need to get contraceptives to teenagers
Jul 6, 2017 • 16 min
For 1.8 billion young people – the largest cohort ever – family planning will be vital in shaping lives and livelihoods. As leaders prepare for the London Family Planning Summit, Lucy Lamble looks at the challenges ahead Read the transcript
How do you solve half a century of bloodshed in Colombia?
Apr 27, 2017 • 16 min
After the civil war that claimed 250,000 lives ended with last year’s accord, Lucy Lamble investigates how Colombia’s communities plan to build lasting peace Read the transcript
Why is east Africa facing a hunger crisis and what can be done? – podcast
Mar 23, 2017 • 14 min
As hunger spreads in east Africa, famine threatens to take hold beyond South Sudan. Lucy Lamble explores the background and response to the crisis Read the transcript
Is child labour always wrong? The view from Bolivia
Feb 23, 2017 • 24 min
Kary Stewart looks at why 850,000 children work in Bolivia, and whether the numbers can be vindicated by the country’s unique cultural context El trabajo infantil en Bolivia: ¿puede justificarse? – podcast Read the transcript
El trabajo infantil en Bolivia: ¿puede justificarse?
Feb 23, 2017 • 25 min
Kary Stewart analiza por qué 850.000 niños trabajan en Bolivia y si los números pueden ser vindicados por el contexto cultural único del país Is child labour always wrong? The view from Bolivia – podcast
African women form a united front in the battle for equality
Jan 19, 2017 • 23 min
Kary Stewart looks at how feminists are championing women’s rights across the continent and beyond, and examines what is at the heart of gender inequality Read the transcript
Zika, drought, conflict: what 2016 meant for the world’s poorest
Dec 21, 2016 • 23 min
The Global development team looks back at some of the issues that affected millions of people in developing countries in the past year, and considers the challenges for 2017 Read the transcript
Cómo llegó Cuba a la mayoría de edad en el desarrollo de la primera infancia
Nov 16, 2016 • 25 min
Más del 99,5% de los niños cubanos asiste a un programa o institución de educación infantil. Kary Stewart visita La Habana para hablar con familias, médicos y maestros sobre una historia de éxito en América Latina How Cuba came of age on early childhood…
How Cuba came of age on early childhood development
Nov 16, 2016 • 24 min
More than 99.5% of Cuban children attend an early childhood education programme or institution. Kary Stewart visits Havana to speak to families, doctors and teachers about a Latin American success story Cómo llegó Cuba a la mayoría de edad en el…
How Sri Lanka bit back at mosquitoes and wiped out malaria – podcast
Oct 24, 2016 • 16 min
Sixty years ago, Sri Lanka was one of the countries most affected by malaria; in September 2016, the World Health Organisation declared the country free of the disease. Dinitha Rathnayake charts the journey of a huge victory for public health Read the…
Why are 63 million girls missing out on education?
Sep 19, 2016 • 18 min
Half of all children born this year will leave school without even the most basic of qualifications. Girls are at the highest risk of missing out on schooling altogether, but what’s being done to tackle it? Lucy Lamble visits rural Zimbabwe to discover…
Why Obama’s ambition of an Aids-free generation is a pipe dream
Aug 1, 2016 • 14 min
Sarah Boseley is joined by experts and campaigners including Charlize Theron as she looks at progress on treating and preventing Aids and ponders the road ahead Read the transcript
Africa and the tech revolution: what’s holding back the mobile continent?
Jul 26, 2016 • 11 min
Clár Ní Chonghaile reports from the Africa technology business forum on the innovations that could transform life in the continent – and the hardware glitches holding them back Read the transcript
Let’s talk about sex: why do we need good sex education? – podcast
Jun 15, 2016 • 18 min
With so many misconceptions and taboos around sex, Liz Ford looks at why effective education is more important than ever Read the podcast transcript Sex education lift off in Nepal
Why are so many children around the world out of school?
May 19, 2016 • 16 min
As the world humanitarian summit approaches, Lucy Lamble looks at why 75 million children can’t access adequate education Read the transcript
Dentro de La Ciudad de las Mujeres en Colombia
May 12, 2016 • 23 min
Kary Stewart visita La Ciudad de las Mujeres en Turbaco, a las afueras de Cartagena, en el norte de Colombia Inside Colombia’s City of Women – podcast in English
Inside Colombia’s City of Women
Apr 20, 2016 • 19 min
Kary Stewart meets women who experienced rape and violence during Colombia’s years of conflict, who came together and built their own community Read the transcript Colombia’s City of Women: a haven from violence Dentro de La Ciudad de las Mujeres en…
Where drought is the new normal: El Niño worsens food shortages in Malawi and Zimbabwe
Mar 30, 2016 • 21 min
Lucy Lamble reports from southern Africa on the recurring droughts, exacerbated by an unusually strong El Niño, that are causing a severe lack of food Read a transcript of the podcast
Democrats v autocrats in Africa: is there a winning formula? – podcast
Feb 25, 2016 • 19 min
As the dust settles on the elections in Uganda, where Yoweri Museveni has prolonged a presidential reign of longer than 30 years, Hugh Muir looks at the trade-offs between progress and freedom Read a transcript of the podcast
In the eye of El Niño: landslides and flooding in coastal Peru
Jan 30, 2016 • 18 min
Kary Stewart visits shanty towns close to the coast of Peru, where people driven from inland regions by poverty are resettling on dangerous ground Read the podcast transcript
Paris climate talks turn up the heat on world leaders
Dec 10, 2015 • 20 min
The Guardian environment editor John Vidal reports from the UN climate change conference in Paris, where gritty but positive negotiations to broker an agreement are nearing a conclusion
Why are there so few women in power?
Nov 30, 2015 • 21 min
In the Global development podcast this month, Liz Ford looks at the barriers to women reaching leadership positions, from discrimination to social conditioning, and speaks to organisations attempting to bridge the gender gap
Measuring up: how open data could spur drive to meet global goals
Nov 4, 2015 • 17 min
Mark Anderson reports from the Africa open data conference in Dar es Salaam, where delegates considered how innovative methods of collecting data could promote the new sustainable development agenda
Can Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay make the global goals famous?
Oct 5, 2015 • 21 min
Kary Stewart reports from the UN summit in New York, where everyone from Ban Ki-moon to Beyoncé gathered to celebrate the adoption of the goals that will shape development for the next 15 years
Africa’s children: 10 years on
Aug 31, 2015 • 25 min
In 2005, the Guardian featured 10 newborns in countries across Africa. Five years later, we returned to talk to them and their parents. Now we return to catch up with their lives and hear about the opportunities and challenges they face
Counting the cost of the Boko Haram crisis
Jul 30, 2015 • 37 min
Attacks by Boko Haram in south-east Niger have created a humanitarian crisis. Lucy Lamble visited the country’s Diffa region to speak to people displaced by the violence and investigate relief efforts
Financing the sustainable development goals
Jun 23, 2015 • 34 min
This July, Addis Ababa in Ethiopia hosts the UN’s Financing for Development conference, where member states will discuss how to pay for the ambitious plans laid out in the sustainable development goals
What causes conflict and how can it be resolved?
May 20, 2015 • 35 min
From the ready availability of weapons to the marginalisation of women, many factors can push a population towards conflict
Water and sanitation in health centres in Mali
Apr 28, 2015 • 27 min
A recent World Health Organisation report has highlighted an alarming lack of clean water and sanitation in health centres in Mali, one of the poorest performers among low and middle income countries. Lucy Lamble investigatesSee the transcript here
Women’s human rights defenders under threat
Apr 2, 2015 • 21 min
Defenders of women’s human rights around the world are facing systematic targeting. Liz Ford investigates
Doubled-edged bitcoin: are virtual currencies a plus for poor countries?
Feb 27, 2015 • 22 min
Digital money offers a quick, cheap and convenient medium for money transfers, but its anonymity has raised security fears
How middle-income countries became fat
Feb 3, 2015 • 30 min
The Guardian’s health editor, Sarah Boseley, reports on the rise of obesity in middle income countries, from South Africa to Mexico, and the steps taken to prevent generations of health problems
Climate change to Ebola: what happened next?
Dec 22, 2014 • 42 min
This year we have reported on pollution from Mexico City to Manila, corruption in Mali and how Ebola is scarring west Africa. But what happened next? Hugh Muir talks to our reporters to find out• Read a transcript of the podcast
What kind of climate deal will we get in Lima?
Dec 4, 2014 • 39 min
With the stakes higher than ever for a climate deal at talks in Peru next week, we talk to some of the key players in Lima• Read a transcript of the podcast
What does the Ebola crisis reveal about the state of global health?
Oct 31, 2014 • 26 min
The tardy initial response to the Ebola outbreak in west Africa was compounded by flawed health systems. We examine why the global health community was so slow to mobilise, and what can be done to prevent a recurrence of the crisis• What lessons can be…
What does the Ebola crisis mean for long-term progress in Sierra Leone and Liberia?
Oct 2, 2014 • 23 min
What weaknesses has the Ebola outbreak exposed in the infrastructure of west Africa? And how can the countries affected get through the epidemic and ensure they are less susceptible to future crises?
The future for Mali
Aug 28, 2014 • 31 min
Alex Duval Smith reports from Timbuktu and Bamako, one year after Mali elected a new president• Read a transcript of the podcast
Are boys better than girls?
Jul 24, 2014 • 27 min
Girls share their thoughts on what holds them back, their dreams for the future, and what they think about boys • Interactive: what do 13-year-old girls aspire to?• Read a transcript of the podcast
Why can’t we have human rights and economic growth?
Jun 27, 2014 • 26 min
Hugh Muir speaks to the former World Bank economist William Easterly about how he changed his mind on the political ramifications of aid. Plus, how Somaliland defied the critics to become a democracy
Should aid be used to boost private enterprise?
May 29, 2014 • 32 min
The primary aim of Britain’s aid is poverty reduction. This month’s podcast questions the government’s investment in the private sector• Read the podcast transcript
The global battle for clean air
Apr 24, 2014 • 30 min
John Vidal travels to Manila, one of the top three most polluted cities in the world to see (and smell) the scale of the problem. Plus, Sam Jones reports on Mexico City’s programme to improve air quality • Can Mexico City’s roof gardens help shrug off…
Debunking myths about Africa
Mar 31, 2014 • 39 min
‘Africa is dangerous and corrupt’; ‘Africans will always be poor’. This month’s podcast explores the myths surrounding Africa and their impact on Africans on the continent and in the diaspora
Are women’s movements a force for change?
Feb 20, 2014 • 21 min
We hear from four women who are fighting to uphold women’s rights around the world
Rwanda’s health service evolution
Jan 20, 2014 • 34 min
Rwanda has been praised for the development of its healthcare, despite having only 625 doctors at the start of the decade
Big philanthropy: are the critics right to be suspicious?
Dec 19, 2013 • 0 min
With foreign aid budgets declining, philanthropy promises to play a growing role in international development. But should we be concerned about the motives of large private donors?
The truth about the cashew trade
Nov 25, 2013 • 32 min
In this month’s podcast we travel to southern India to follow the cashew nut from tree to consumer and examine trade justice• Transcript
Climate talks: will the COP19 debate in Warsaw help poor countries?
Nov 11, 2013 • 33 min
Climate change poses serious challenges for the world’s poorest countries. What can the latest UN negotiations do to help?
Global development podcast: Big ideas for development after 2015
Sep 25, 2013 • 36 min
The millennium development goals expire in 2015. What have they achieved? And what are the key issues moving forward?
Road safety in the developing world
Aug 30, 2013 • 32 min
More than a million people die on the roads each year, yet this man-made problem is seldom the priority the numbers suggest
Global development podcast: can FGM be eradicated in a generation?
Jul 29, 2013 • 27 min
We debate the issues around female genital mutilation, including how many people are at risk, why the subject is taboo and what is being done to end it• Read a transcript of the podcast
Global development podcast: why care about mental health?
Jun 25, 2013 • 25 min
What needs to change to improve outcomes for people living with a mental health problem in Sri Lanka and elsewhere in the developing world?• Read a transcript of the recording
Global development podcast: what’s at stake at the G8?
May 22, 2013 • 48 min
Hugh Muir and a panel of guests answer your G8-related questions in front of a live audience• Read a transcript of the recording
Global development podcast: modern-day slavery in focus
Apr 18, 2013 • 35 min
As part of our series on modern-day slavery, this month’s podcast asks why forced labour is still a global problem• Read a transcript of the recording
Global development podcast: water, water everywhere?
Mar 22, 2013 • 34 min
To mark world water day, we talk about the pressure on one of the world’s most precious resources• Read a transcript of the recording
Global development podcast: ending violence against women
Feb 20, 2013 • 32 min
The UN meets next month to discuss ways to eliminate violence against women and girls. But how effective are global meetings at tackling the problem?• Read a transcript of the recording
Global development podcast: what is the impact of migration on development?
Jan 31, 2013 • 25 min
The scale of migration is striking but what does this mean for developing countries?• Read the transcript
Global development podcast: hopes and fears for 2013
Dec 19, 2012 • 31 min
Jobs, growth, hunger, the G8, aid and much more are on the agenda for our panel of development expert guests Read the transcript of the podcast
Global development podcast: farmers, GM crops and agriculture’s future
Nov 21, 2012 • 35 min
With hunger affecting millions, the need for sustainable farming is greater than ever. What’s the way forward?
Global development podcast: what does the future hold for UK aid?
Oct 29, 2012 • 34 min
Who benefits from the growing UK aid budget, what are the most effective ways of spending, and how can Britain develop a credible aid exit strategy?
Global development podcast: what’s the key to good urban planning?
Sep 27, 2012 • 26 min
More people live in cities than ever before. How can we ensure urban spaces are able to accommodate changing populations and cope with a climate in flux? To help answer these questions, we look at Nairobi
Global development podcast: does sport have a role to play in development?
Aug 21, 2012 • 33 min
Sport is difficult to ignore right now, but can it be a driver of development? We examine the issues
Global development podcast: hunger in the Sahel
Jul 18, 2012 • 23 min
This month’s podcast explores the reasons behind the food and nutrition crisis in west Africa’s Sahel region. It is only two years since the area last experienced a food crisis. Previously the aid response has been criticised for being too slow. Have aid…
Global development podcast: focus on family planning
Jul 2, 2012 • 35 min
On 11 July London is to host a global summit on family planning. Here, our panel discusses how and why such a controversial issue has become a worldwide priority, what are the political and practical challenges – and what is at stake in such debates?
Global development podcast: what can Rio+20 achieve?
May 31, 2012 • 33 min
As delegates prepare for June’s Rio+20 UN Earth summit on sustainable development in Brazil, we ask what tangible measures the conference can hope to produce. The podcast looks back at the 1992 Rio summit, and explores the issues of the green economy,…
Global development podcast: does Kony 2012 offer the right solutions?
Apr 20, 2012 • 30 min
Our panel discusses whether the campaign is right to advocate military action to bring Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony to justice
Global development podcast: spotlight on the battle against global poverty
Mar 27, 2012 • 37 min
The World Bank says the international goal of halving extreme poverty has been met. But with almost 1 billion people still living on less than $1.25 a day, what progress has really been made?Listen, and share your views on our talk point
Global development podcast: focus on the fair trade movement
Feb 27, 2012 • 27 min
More UK consumers are looking for the Fairtrade label when they shop and the market is doubling every two years. But does it actually help small farmers or just ease consumer guilt? Listen to our expert panel debate the issues and share your own views
Global development podcast: Tunisia, Egypt and the global jobs crisis
Jan 26, 2012 • 26 min
A global jobs crisis threatens social cohesion around the world. Focusing on Tunisia and Egypt a year on from the uprisings that toppled Ben Ali and Mubarak, we ask: what can be done?Discuss the issues on our talk point
Global development podcast: a look at the big global issues of 2011
Dec 21, 2011 • 25 min
Famine, rising food prices, economic crisis, the Arab spring: it has been a tumultuous year. What has it meant for development?
COP17: the issues at stake for developing countries
Nov 28, 2011 • 27 min
This week, delegates from nearly 200 countries descend on Durban, South Africa, for COP17, the latest round of global climate talks. Hundreds of African activists – farmers, environmental scientists, youth leaders – have travelled by bus from Burundi to…
Global development podcast: aid and Afghanistan’s economy
Oct 24, 2011 • 29 min
What is there to show for the $57bn spent on aid in Afghanistan over the past decade, and what lies ahead for the country’s economy and people? Our panel explores the key issues
Global Development podcast: gender equality
Sep 26, 2011 • 25 min
In the first of a new series of podcasts, we discuss what can be done to improve the lives of women and girls around the world - a major development challenge
Global development podcast: coming soon
Sep 20, 2011 • 0 min
In a new series of podcasts from the Guardian, every month Madeleine Bunting explores the key issues affecting billions of people across the developing world
Global development podcast: population growth
Jul 27, 2011 • 22 min
Soon the world’s population will reach 7 billion. But do more people necessarily mean more problems? Have your say on the podcast
Global development podcast: what does the future hold for southern Sudan?
Jun 30, 2011 • 23 min
On 9 July, southern Sudan will become an independent state. What are the development challenges and opportunities facing the new country?
Global development podcast: are we on the brink of a new global food crisis?
May 31, 2011 • 36 min
The World Bank says soaring food prices have already pushed millions more people into extreme poverty this year. We examine what is being done to combat the problem• Post your comments on the podcast on talk point• View our interactive on the global food…
Global development podcast: what role can tourism play in development?
Apr 28, 2011 • 35 min
The World Tourism Organisation argues that responsible tourism can play a significant role in eradicating poverty and meeting the millennium development goals. But is it right? Post your comments on the podcast on talk point
Global development podcast: does microfinance help people escape poverty?
Apr 1, 2011 • 29 min
Many people like the sound of microfinance because it isn’t charity. But are all poor people budding entrepreneurs? And what happens when people cannot repay their loans?Post your comments on the podcast on talk point
Global development podcast: the securitisation of aid
Feb 10, 2011 • 33 min
Are military priorities distorting aid budgets? A panel of experts discuss the relationship between the UK’s development budget and the country’s foreign policy objectivesRead more on international aid’s ‘dirty secret’
Global development podcast: land grabs in Africa
Jan 28, 2011 • 24 min
With climate change and rising demand for biofuels pushing up food prices, rich countries are increasingly looking for land in poorer nations to feed themselves. But is this at the expense of the host country? • Madeleine Bunting: How land grabs in Africa…