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Global Societies

For our Global Societies project, reporters around the world will be writing about societal problems, sustainability and development in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. The series will include features, analyses, photo essays, videos and podcasts looking behind the curtain of globalization. The project is generously funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Disaster Awaiting Zambia: 'The Most Horrible Drought in Memory'

The Disaster Awaiting Zambia: 'The Most Horrible Drought in Memory'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 01, 2019

Few other regions are suffering from the consequences of climate change as southern Zambia. A drought has gripped the nation for four years now, and farmers are warning of the threat of famine. By Bartholomäus Grill in Kanchomba, Zambia more...

Gender Equality Worldwide: 'Poor in Rights, Opportunity and Power'

Gender Equality Worldwide: 'Poor in Rights, Opportunity and Power'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 26, 2019

Women are often at a disadvantage compared to men. A study shows where in the world the situation is especially dramatic -- and which countries are the closest to reaching gender equality. By Caroline Wiemann more...


Spanish and Portuguese Jobseekers: The 'Lost Generation' Returns Home

Spanish and Portuguese Jobseekers: The 'Lost Generation' Returns Home

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 24, 2019

During the economic crisis, countless young people, especially well-educated ones, left Spain and Portugal. Now a growing number of them are returning -- even if they have to make some sacrifices in the process. By Helene Zuber and Steffen Lüdke more...

Arabic LGBT Magazine: Breaking Taboos in the Middle East

Arabic LGBT Magazine: Breaking Taboos in the Middle East

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 20, 2019

Many in the Middle East view homosexuality as a sin. The Jordanian Khalid Abdel-Hadi started an Arabic LGBT magazine as a teenager to combat the many taboos and stereotypes in the region. Now he has many thousands of readers. By Franziska Tschinderle and Bradley Secker (photos) more...


Invisible Slaves: The Grim World of Bangladesh's Underage Domestics

Invisible Slaves: The Grim World of Bangladesh's Underage Domestics

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 09, 2019

In Bangladesh, the children of poor families are often forced to work as domestic help for richer families. Many receive neither payment nor free time, nor even a proper place to sleep. Most of them are girls. Von Yannick von Eisenhart Rothe more...

Extinction Rebellion: A New Kind of Climate Protest Movement

Extinction Rebellion: A New Kind of Climate Protest Movement

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 23, 2019

Alongside Fridays for Future, Extinction Rebellion is establishing itself as the second arm of a new global climate protection movement. Forged from the lessons of past protest cultures and a present-day understanding of mental health and sensitivity, the group seems to be finding its stride. By Georg Fahrion more...


Microfinance in Cambodia: When Microloans Do More Harm Than Good

Microfinance in Cambodia: When Microloans Do More Harm Than Good

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 16, 2019

Millions of Cambodians rely on microloans to survive, even though the practice drives many of them further into poverty. Some of the money given out to poor farmers comes from Germany, yet Berlin refuses to acknowledge there is a problem. By Vanessa Steinmetz more...

Spat on the Nile: Ethiopia and Egypt at Odds Over Massive Dam Project

Spat on the Nile: Ethiopia and Egypt at Odds Over Massive Dam Project

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 13, 2019

Africa's largest hydroelectric power station is slated to go online next year in Ethiopia. But the project along the Blue Nile River is also the source of conflict. more...


The Lure of the West: Bosnia Feels the Pinch of Brain Drain to EU

The Lure of the West: Bosnia Feels the Pinch of Brain Drain to EU

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 06, 2019

In Bosnia, thousands of people are learning German. With a lack of opportunity in their own country, talented young Bosnians are emigrating to what they hope will be a brighter future abroad. Entire towns have emptied out. By Keno Verseck more...

Fridays for Future in Moscow: Teen Challenges Putin's Climate Inactivity

Fridays for Future in Moscow: Teen Challenges Putin's Climate Inactivity

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 24, 2019

Russian activist Arshak Makichyan has been protesting on Fridays against Putin's climate policy for more than 17 weeks now. Advocates of environmental and climate protection are uncomfortable critics for the government -- and Moscow tries to keep them at bay. By Susanne Götze more...