Ideas Episodes

Nepal: Hydropower for villages

Nepal: Hydropower for villages

More than a fourth of Nepal's population has no access to electricity. Many villages use hydropower plants to generate energy. NGOs and the government support the projects. The goal is to provide remote areas with sustainable energy.
6mins
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Mali: A local mayor flights climate change

Mali: A local mayor flights climate change

Abdoulaye Coulibaly is mayor of Fana in Mali and a climate change expert. He hopes to prepare his community for global warming. It's also a question of war and peace in the crisis-plagued country.
6mins
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India: Heiress Ananya Birla gives microcredits

India: Heiress Ananya Birla gives microcredits

Ananya Birla is the daughter of a billionaire industrialist. Despite her family's wealth she has embarked on a singing career and has founded a microfinance company. It provides small loans to poor rural women.
5mins
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Kenya: Sexual violence in the slums von Nairobi

Kenya: Sexual violence in the slums von Nairobi

When Lucy Wanjiku Njenga was 19, her boyfriend and the father of her child infected her with HIV. Her baby son died. She received little help in her poor district in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. She has founded a network for young women living with...
5mins
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Global Teen: Martial arts fan from Mexico

Global Teen: Martial arts fan from Mexico

In our Global Teen series we present 14-year-old Ivan Emmanuel Santana Vega from the state of Jalisco in Mexico. He loves sports, especially the martial art taekwondo, and he's really good at it.
2mins
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Chile: Switch to renewables to secure the future

Chile: Switch to renewables to secure the future

Chile gets plenty of sunshine. More and more businesses are using it as a cheap source of power. They are getting support from the German-Chilean Chamber of Commerce, which offers training in the efficient use of renewable energies.
6mins
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Brazil: Appetite for beef eats into rainforest

Brazil: Appetite for beef eats into rainforest

First they burn the forest, then the cattle arrive and then the soybeans. The global appetite for soy and beef has been driving the Amazon's destruction for decades now. The consultancy firm Pecsa hopes to teaches cattle ranchers sustainability.
8mins
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South Africa: Transforming African health care

South Africa: Transforming African health care

Dr. Ernest Darkoh's mission is to revolutionize health care in Africa. He set up the company BroadReach to provide doctors with data that could help them prevent disease.
5mins
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Brazil: Reforming the garbage economy

Brazil: Reforming the garbage economy

Until 2018, almost 2,000 illegal waste pickers worked on the largest garbage dump in Brasilia. Now they're part of the city's waste management program. Even at the university, you can study climate friendly garbage disposal.
6mins
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China: All work and no play for kids

China: All work and no play for kids

All work and no play is normal for a seven-year-old in China. Education is a top priority. Children learn languages, study math and do sport too, well into the evenings and even on weekends.
5mins
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Madagascar: Midwives saving lives

Madagascar: Midwives saving lives

Hygiene is of utmost importance. Midwives at Madagascar's state-run health centers get regular training, to combat maternal and infant mortality. And thanks to a new health insurance scheme, more women are now able to go to the doctor.
5mins
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India: Global Teen

India: Global Teen

Karanraj Dewasi from India loves going to school. His father is a teacher. But he's worried about environmental pollution and that he might not have the same standard of living as his parents and grandparents.
3mins
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