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Changing Aid

Humanitarian aid - what needs to change? // Helping to prevent forced marriages in the UK // Tahiti: Revigourating traditional culture to go into the future.

Unchaining Minds - Mental health in Bhutan and Togo

On this week's show: Find out why it's so hard to get adequate treatment for mental health patients in Togo, where the mentally sick are often beaten and chained for weeks or months, and how Bhutan, the country that wants to increase its official policy of "Gross National Happiness" is dealing with an increase in depression in society.

The Nile — Myths and Challenges

The Nile River has been the life line for East Africa for thousands of years. A mythical river, drinking water, irrigation, hydropower — the Nile feeds many needs in the countries it traverses. But now tensions increase over the water usage. Anna Osius and Linda Staude met people who depend on the river's water, from its southernmost source in Burundi down to the Nile delta in Egypt.

Are we prepared?

Bracing ourselves for heat waves, earthquakes and poor infrastructure: We'll hear how cities are vulnerable to heat and how the Italian city of L'Aquila is rebuilding itself after it was hit by a devastating earthquake almost a decade ago. We also meet people who are filling up dangerous potholes in Rome's streets. And how urban farming changes the lives of young people in Kenya's capital Nairobi.

Mines, Migrants and Resistance

Secret resistance in Cambodia --- Mining in Brazil - does it really boost development? --- A new global compact for Migration - the UN’s special representative for migration, Louise Arbour, explains why its important 

Ghana's Missing Doctors

Once they have completed their medical degree, many Ghanaian doctors prefer to move to Europe or North America instead of working in a hospital back home. The problem is even worse in the countryside. And the health professionals, politicians and NGOs who are trying to counter the problems caused by the missing doctors face huge challenges.

Battling inequalities

Cape Town's building boom pushes people out of their homes in the city center to shacks in so-called resettlement camps. We'll also hear how old cars from Europe are polluting roads in Africa and how Egypt's new capital is shaping up.

Breaking the silence about rape in Japan and Africa

The #MeToo movement has caused shockwaves in the USA and Europe, but in many countries, the discussion about the taboo topic of sexual violence has met much more resistance. In Japan, one woman changed the debate when she wrote a book about being raped by a high-ranking journalist. And in Africa, female filmmakers are setting out to change things through film.

Working against the odds

This week on the show: South Korea's automation craze is taking a toll on employees. Former gang members in El Salvador are struggling to reintegrate into the workforce because their tattoos mark them for life. And how are Haitians in Miami's Little Haiti coping after US President Donald Trump ended their temporary protected status that allowed them to legally live and work in the United States?

China's claim to global power

China's president Xi Jinping dreams of a strong China elevated to a world power. The giant empire is expanding its influence on all continents, including Europe. China's economic interests have been steadily expanding abroad. And after decades of mainly focusing on internal affairs, Chinese foreign policy is moving in a new direction as well. 

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