In Namibia, a training program funded by the UN is helping local people learn new skills and start small businesses. Each dollar earned is another small step toward achieving the Millennium Development Goal of eliminating poverty.
When it comes to lifting themselves out of poverty, the residents of one Malawian village have discovered that their most valuable resource is knowledge. Armed with new ideas, they are growing more food, creating enterprises, and improving life in their community.
Delivering emergency food relief may not seem like the best way to make people self-reliant, but one UN program in Mauritania is tying its aid efforts to education in order to build towards a more sustainable future.
Women in the Pacific Island of Fiji are being helped to start small-scale flower-growing businesses to supplement their income, which in turn provides extra food and housing improvements for their families.
This landlocked Himalayan kingdom is finding innovative ways to create sustainable progress without sacrificing centuries of tradition and the country's unique culture.
Children in northeastern Uganda are expected to help tend their family's cattle, which makes it difficult for them to also receive a formal education. But a new UNICEF-supported mobile education project is helping to bring the classroom closer to the herd.
In a country where it's common for people to survive on just one grain-based meal a day, many children are malnourished. Supported by UNICEF, volunteer community health worker Sara Djanatou has made it her mission to educate families about eating more healthily.
Sunny fought twice in Liberia's civil war: first with the rebels when he was 12 years old, and again for the government when he was 17. Now aged 20, Sunny has been enrolled in a UNICEF-supported program, which is teaching this former child soldier how to be a farmer.
Hydroelectric projects are popular in developing countries. They are clean, renewable sources of energy. But building dams also means flooding valleys and destroying the homes and livelihoods of local people. In Indonesia, a pioneering program is turning this notion on its head, transforming new lakes into lucrative sources of income, and allowing displaced former farmers to become successful fishermen.
This mini-documentary discusses a new business model promoted and executed by Dean Cycon, founder and CEO of the Dean's Beans coffee company. His model, which he challenges other companies to adopt, is based on the idea that business can be a vehicle for social change, while also maintaining profitability.
Since 2001, all Indian primary schools have provided pupils with a free midday meal. Since then, truancy rates have been slashed and child health is soaring. Western governments are beginning to take note.
Many African refugees are environmental migrants; they are forced to leave their homes because spreading deserts are destroying their livelihoods. A Swiss doctor has set up a new project in the Sahel zone of the Sahara desert aimed at reclaiming land from the advancing sands, and it is giving encouraging results.
Even while facing their own struggles with poverty and work, a group of female coffee pickers from La Carpio, Costa Rica decide to put on a play. It aims to teach fellow workers about the dangers of cancer - something that effects women in their industry at a much higher rate than average.
Groups of women in the Theni district of Tamil Nadu in India are using mobile phones and computer technology in innovative ways to benefit their agriculture-based businesses.
Children with malnutrition are being given a radical new treatment that is cheap and incredibly effective: fortified peanut butter. Best of all, mothers can administer the ready-to-use food at home, eliminating the need for hospital stays, and empowering families to treat themselves.