Series 5

A Switch in Time

Decentralised, renewable energy production is becoming more acceptable and widely used. In this programme we find out how decentralised sources of electricitiy are preventing marginalisation and supporting livelihoods where centralised electricity production has failed to do so.

High Tide

Fish are an important source of both food and income to many people in developing countries. But many sources of this valuable commodity are being over-exploited. In ‘High Tide’, we explore how different fishing techniques are broadening livelihoods and how conservation is preserving fish as a source of nutrition.

Green Currents

All life on earth is dependent on the global cycle of water. In places, however, there is often too much or too little water; or the rain comes too early or too late; or the quality of water is so bad that it endangers life. This programme looks at a variety of intuitive ways of improving the use of available water supplies, from pico-hydro projects to marine conservation.

Making the Connection

The ‘digital divide’ is growing rapidly between the thriving information and communication technology sector of the developed world and that of developing countries where it is still at a very early stage of development. This programme outlines projects that are addressing the ‘digital divide’ by incorporating groups of society that have previously been marginalised from information and communication technologies.

Health Matters

In the developing world, women and children are highly susceptible to preventable diseases and conditions such as malaria and malnutrition. In the developed world, demographic changes are placing more strain upon national health care systems than ever before. In ‘Health Matters’ we explore how people throughout the globe are attempting to cope with life’s medical challenges.

Paddy Chronicles

Rice is a staple food in many parts of the world and has been for centuries. However, people are still finding new ways of using rice for their nutritional benefit, as well as for improving their livelihoods. Rice can be used to make alternative foods and beverages, as well as a source of fuel. ‘Paddy Chronicles’ tells the story of those who are benefiting from the versatile nature of rice.

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 to those who have been left out.

Source to Sale

Access to markets is key to the economic survival of any group of people. For those living in rural areas, it is becoming increasingly important with industrialised agriculture and urbanisation making rural producers less and less efficient. ‘Source to Sale’ explores diverse ways in which marginalised groups can make use of existing resources to create a profitable niche in the market.


Clean, sustainable energy production initiatives from Brazil, China, Ghana, Mali and Senegal. Plus a look at the work of the Rural Energy Enterprise Development (REED) whose ambitious goal is to fulfil some of the enormous potential for new and dynamic businesses to deliver clean energy services to more than two billion people in the developing world outside the urban areas.