South Africa's COSAT school is widely regarded for the success it's had moving its students out of poverty. But it's not immune to some of the other problems of South Africa. As students walk to school each day, they run the risks of being abused, physically, by thugs.
When it comes to detergent, the price is in the packaging. A lot of the price, anyway. And that means people get a better deal when they buy in bulk. But for many families surviving day by day, bulk buying is an unthinkable luxury. So one entrepreneur decided to do away with the packaging all together.
China's been on a road to greater economic freedom for decades. But as the country seeks to move from developing world to developed world, the pressure is on the move state enterprises out of key economic sectors and let the private sector play a greater role in fueling the country's economic growth.
China's rural economy is at a cross-roads. As the government begins reforms designed to give farmers ownership of that land, that effort is running into the cold reality that land sales back the spending of local governments. And that can only happen when farmers land is taken for little compensation.
In China, social benefits are tied to where you live. And they vary widely from urban to rural areas. But as more Chinese decide to abandon their farms and move to cities, this system of denying them benefits in their new homes is proving problematic -- and possibly untenable.
Decades ago, China decided it had too many people and instituted a policy that allowed most couples just one child. While the policy has been loosened some, it's still largely in place. But many hope that as more people question the morality of the policy, it will be rescinded entirely.
Manilla is known for its traffic, and it's pollution is getting worse too. A bank is hoping to take advantage of those circumstances by financing the production of 100,000 electric trikes to replace the city's fossil-fueled versions.
Global Witness says that the number of assassinations of environmental activists has risen around the world. Journalist Fred Pearce says that drawing attention to these cases could help prevent more deaths.
In conservative parts of India, women were expected to be shy, and reserved -- seen, and not heard. But that's changing, as more girls become educated and aspire to independence. And 12-year-old Sarita Meena is the embodiment of that change.
The best way out of poverty for students in urban South Africa is to get an education. One school in the bustling city of Cape Town has developed a system that's generated graduation rates of virtually 100 percent. But it's been tough. And it's getting tougher.