Stories from our work

A selection of 30-second films about why our work matters. Broadcast globally on BBC World News, these inspirational stories show the difference media can make.

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  • Chibuike Utaka, NigeriaHow a radio show is helping people to hold Nigeria's government to account.
  • Diana Njeru, SomaliaBBC Media Action is helping train journalists in Somalia.
  • Meena Ally, TanzaniaHow we're using media to help young people in Tanzania understand their rights and voting processes.
  • Khin Saw Win, MyanmarHow a radio programme inspired a group of young people in Myanmar to rebuild their village pond.
  • Hilina Assefa, EthiopiaOur radio programmes in Ethiopia give pregnant women and their families valuable health information. Halina Assefa describes why the programmes are underpinned by rigorous health research.
  • Emmanuel Mulenga, ZambiaHow a radio show is getting Zambia’s younger generations talking about safer sex.
  • Maha Taki, LebanonHow information films for Syrian refugees in Lebanon are helping people who fled the conflict to rebuild their lives.
  • Ros Marie, CambodiaBBC Media Action's radio and television shows for young people in Cambodia have encouraged them to get involved in their country's future.
  • Dipika Shrestha, NepalBBC Media Action in Nepal broadcast a radio show which gave people greater access to information on health.
  • Yan Htaik Seng, MyanmarHow radio is helping young people in Myanmar speak up.
  • Anshuman Sharma, IndiaBBC Media Action's support for the radio programmes giving bonded labourers in India information about their rights.
  • Priyanka Dutt, IndiaBBC Media Action's work on using basic mobiles to improving family health in India.
  • Saouda Mkalokota, TanzaniaBBC Media Action's work in Zanzibar on using media to empower women and girls.
  • Boyd Chibale, ZambiaElections in Zambia in September 2011 signalled a need for dialogue and openness. Boyd Chibale explains why he works for BBC Media Action in Zambia.
  • Maurice Aaek, SyriaHow BBC Media Action is helping provide vital information for Syrian refugees.
  • Xoxa Ichi, NigeriaHow a radio drama programme produced in Nigeria inspires people across Africa to take action.
  • Narayan Shrestha, NepalBBC Media Action's Narayan Shrestha presents a TV debate show in Nepal that gives people access to information that can transform lives.
  • Hoda Hersi, SomaliaBBC Media Action's work using radio to help empower Somali youth.
  • Sam Otieno, KenyaIn Kenya, BBC Media Action assists people in using radio to help communities find their own solutions.
  • Eastina Massaquoi, Sierra LeoneHow BBC Media Action used radio to help stop myth and rumour during the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.
  • Jackson Lukindo, TanzaniaHow a BBC broadcast in Tanzania helped rebuild a school.
  • Lay Lay, MyanmarHow the radio programme Bright Young Stars is inspiring young people in Myanmar.
  • Ed Kargbo, Sierra LeoneBBC Media Action's work in training volunteers at a radio station in Sierra Leone.
  • Shabana Mohammadzai, AfghanistanHow a radio show in Afghanistan is protecting children's health.
  • Mariama Fornah, Sierra LeoneHow BBC Media Action is using radio to help cocoa farmers in Sierra Leone.
  • Diana Njeru, KenyaHow radio is helping people improve their health in Kenya.
  • Mohammed Hammie, TanzaniaBBC Media Action's work in Tanzania, helping people to use radio for empowerment and to recognise their rights.
  • Amina Kato Chiroma, NigeriaBBC Media Action helps make pregnancy safer in Nigeria.
  • Amina Abdirashid, SomaliaHow BBC Media Action helps nomadic people in Somalia access livestock information on the radio.

Stories of change

  • Abdul Bari Bawar, AfghanistanAfter taking part in national debate show Open Jirga, community elder Abdul took the format home with him and persuaded his local radio station to make their own version for southern Afghanistan.
  • Kan At village, MyanmarAfter hearing an episode about water conservation, young listeners of radio show Lan Lat Kyiar Sin (Bright Young Stars) were inspired to take action – rebuilding their village pond so that now it's ready to provide a reliable water supply all year round.
  • Dugo Boru and Aye Bejiga, EthiopiaDugo Boru wouldn't allow his pregnant wife Aye Bejiga to visit a health centre. But the radio programme Biiftuu Jireenyaa helped him change his mind.
  • Oluchi Atu, NigeriaDue to a poor electricity supply, trader after trader was leaving Lugbe AMAC market in Nigeria’s capital city Abuja. But then the chair of the market appeared on an episode of radio show Talk Your Own – Make Naijia Better. She asked the minister of power to help and a week later a new transformer was installed.
  • Yahaya and Salamatu, NigeriaYahaya Abdul-Rahman and his wife Salamatu never miss an episode of radio health programme Ya Take Ne Arewa. Thanks to the Nigerian show, they've learned the importance of antenatal care, birth spacing and how to treat their water to make it safe to drink.
  • Asadullah Kamawi, Afghanistan32-year-old disabled man Asadullah held President Hamid Karzai to account on TV debate show Open Jirga – and was invited to discuss his views on disability issues with Afghanistan’s entire cabinet.
  • Dr Kedar Budhathokii, NepalFarmer Dr Kedar Budhathoki shared his pioneering techniques on Nepal’s TV and radio debate show Sajha Sawal – and transformed people’s livelihoods across the country.
  • Mwera village, TanzaniaWhen their water supply was cut off due to a local dispute, the villagers of Mwera on the coast of Tanzania contacted their local radio station to ask for help. Journalist Mohammed Hammie tells how his report helped to resolve the problem - and turned the water back on.