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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Conjuring up ideas to engage children with books is what Emirati author and illustrator Maitha Al Khayat has been doing for more than ten years.
Bangalore, India's top high-tech city is drowning in trash despite new regulations. Now an organization there is collecting organic waste and turning it into environmentally-friendly biogas.
Syrian-born Ronaldo Mouchawar once had ambitions to be a basketball player. Ultimately, however, he followed in the footsteps of his father who was a merchant, and the man who inspired the name of his online auction site, ‘Souq.com’ in 2005.
Libra, the proposed global digital currency led by Facebook, has raised concerns amongst some governments and financial authorities around the world.
There's nothing more British than fish and chips. But some of the best in Oxford are made by Kazem Hakimi, who was born in Iran. He came to Britain in the 1960s and opened his chippie in 1988.
Rwanda is often called the "land of a thousand hills". But its topography also makes it vulnerable. Heavy rain often leads to soil erosion, which can cause entire villages to be flooded. An initiative helps protect farmers against these risks.
From humble beginnings, Emirati billionaire Khalaf Al Habtoor founded his eponymous company in 1970 and grew it to become one of the UAE’s most successful conglomerates.
An initiative in Lebanon is harnessing the talent of disadvantaged women to produce high fashion handbags.
Bergen is the rainiest town in Europe. Is that why it has brought forth so many famous writers? Tomas Espedal is from there; Karl Ove Knausgard, his most famous student, spent years there. We visit Norway, the special guest at the Frankfurt Book F...
The Maldives are on a construction drive, aimed at boosting tourism. New airports, artificial islands and luxury resorts are springing up everywhere, exacting a huge toll on the environment and the lives of the local people.
Being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender in Uganda means living in fear. The church says homosexuality is immoral. Now the government is said to be considering plans to introduce the death penalty for gay sex.
Since he burst upon the comedic scene in Egypt back in 2011, political satirist, author and stand-up star Bassem Youssef, has been endlessly compared to The Daily Show’s former host, John Stewart.
Capturing someone’s life story in a single moment is what Oslo-based photographer Afshin Ismaeli does for a living.
With more than one-third of Tunisia’s graduates unemployed, many young nationals are taking matters into their own hands by creating their own tech companies.
As the number of people on social media increases, using online platforms to reach consumers is a growing trend for brands around the world.
The genre of horror has not been much explored by filmmakers in the Middle East and North Africa to date, nor achieved mainstream success.
The third edition of the El Gouna Film Festival came to a close on September 27.
During the 9-day run of Egypt’s 3rd edition of the El Gouna Film Festival, Hollywood actors rubbed shoulders with regional movie stars.
The river that runs through the Kenyan capital once teemed with life. Today it's the most polluted waterway in the country. Together with young residents from the city's informal settlements, Frederick Okinda is working to change that.
Many plants need help with pollination and propagation. Insects are by far the most important pollinators, but birds and even lemurs can also transport pollen from one plant to another.
Located around 200 kilometers from the UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi, on the eastern coast of Sir Bani Yas Island, lies the country’s oldest Christian site.
A consequence of war and social unrest in the Middle East and North Africa in recent decades, has been the destruction of some of the region’s most ancient, treasured and culturally important monuments.
Artists Reyna Franco and Gerald Espinoza come from Venezuela but they live in Quito, Ecuador. DW visits them at home.
Some 60 percent of all turtles worldwide are threatened, endangered or critically endangered. At the ACCB in Cambodia - where turtles are eaten and also used in traditional medicine - conservationists are working to protect endangered tortoise spe...
An estimated three million people in South Africa have disabilities and struggle to lead normal lives. Her daughter's disabilities inspired Shona McDonald to set up an NGO that makes wheelchairs.
15-year-old Saeed Yassen is football-crazy. He's a big fan of Real Madrid and less enthusiastic about Arabic class in school.
The World Energy Congress, an event and a council which represents more than 150 countries, was established in London in 1924.
Gonzalo Palomino Cruz is 13 years old and lives in Ollantaytambo, near Cusco in Peru. He is worried about climate change and that there is hardly any water in so many places in the world.
The "Fridays for Future" demonstrations have brought young people onto the streets around the world to finally spur politicians into action on the environment. In a training camp for activists, they learn how to peacefully fight for a cause.
Renewable energies are the key in the fight against climate change. A startup in Mexico develops solar thermal energy for companies. Parabolic mirrors heat liquids up to 260 degrees Celsius - without generating greenhouse gases.
Many slum dwellers in Manila live in constant fear of flooding. Their homes are often right at the water's edge. Rising sea levels make the problem worse. Now they are being relocated.
The Women As Partners In Progress International Conference in Jordan showcased key initiatives for gender equality in the Middle East and North Africa region.
Paula Yacoubian represents what some hope is the future of Lebanese politics.
Elle est l'une des rares femmes députées du pays, et n'hésite pas à dénoncer les travers du système politique libanais.
The Mara River flows 400 kilometers from Kenya to Tanzania, and also helps feed the Nile. A water management project will hopefully stop this precious resource from being a source of conflict between the countries.
Dubai-based fashion designer Rami Al Ali, who launched his eponymous label in 2000, is best known for dressing celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Helen Mirren and Nancy Ajram.
In the Lebanese mountains, the site of Qasr Moussa - or Moussa Castle - tells the story of a common man who pursued the dream of building his own castle.
Environmental protection is costly. An Armenian NGO advises companies on how to make production more sustainable while keeping costs down.
Cyclone Idai flooded large areas of northern Mozambique earlier this year, washing away homes and destroying crops. But the devastation could have been even worse, had it not been for the nearby Gorongosa National Park with its intact ecosystem.
At the Rheingau Musik Festival, the Bochabela String Orchestra performed "Long Way to Freedom", a programme which paid hommage to Nelson Mandela. The orchestra's musicians hail from South Africa's townships. Arts.21 went to go see them.
According to a group of young Oxford University researchers, it's your own fault if you think life is getting worse. In terms of poverty, life expectancy and infant mortality, global statistics show positive improvement.
Traditionally, the Maasai people's women don't hold jobs - least of all as wildlife conservationists. But now several Maasai women are being trained as park rangers in Amboseli National Park.