Nollywood: Cinema of Nigeria   Despite odds of endless traffic jams, seemingly permanent power cuts, lack of infrastructure, heat and humidity, Nigerian movie industry is thriving. Nollywood, as it is called, has recently surpassed Hollywood in the number of movies made each year and is now the world's second largest movie industry. Almost all films are produced with digital video technology and a typical movie is usually made in 10 days, on a budget of $20,000 to $40,000, financed by private producer. On the movie set, low budgets dictate a fast tempo and there is little time for rehearsing or repetitions and a lot of space for improvisation.  Young film actress Ogbor Josephine Mena (right) waits for a scene in which she will act, while members of the film crew check what had been recorded earlier on the set of a Nollywood movie production. Nollywood has become the second largest employer in Nigeria and many young people now see the movie industry as their ticket to success in a country that offers few other opportunities.
  Maternal Health in Uganda   According to estimates about 5000 women die during childbirth in Uganda every year. As population grows more people are looking for free medical care. On the other hand there is shortage of medical staff and medical centers often run out of supplies. In March 2011, a lawsuit was filed against Ugandan government, stating that the government is responsible for maternal deaths.  Valente Inziku with his children Patricia Alezuyo, Joshua Tabu, and Convert Diana at their home in Aribio village, Arua District. Valente Inziko's wife died during childbirth in October 2010 in Arua Hospital. 
  Living with Polio in Northern Nigeria   Nigeria is one of the three countries where polio remains endemic and in 2008 it became the country with most new polio cases reported. The majority of new infections are concentrated around Kano, a major city in the predominantly Muslim north of the country, where thousands of people already live with life-long disabilities caused by polio. Few years ago some of the victims have self-organized to inform the public about the importance of immunization, persuade parents to send their crippled children to school and to provide training in different vocational trades to victims who can now earn a living with their work. And for entertainment they invented para-soccer.  A schoolmate carries a 13-year-old boy, Adamu Yusif, who is unable to walk due to polio, to the classroom on the second floor of their primary school in Kano. Buildings and sidewalks in Kano are mostly not adjusted for the physically handicapped.
  eRwanda   In recent years Rwanda has made an enormous progress in internet coverage. Internet cafes are around every corner, telecenters - computer centers where people can use computers for free - can be found in remotest towns, and an ICT bus travels around the country providing free internet and computer training.  Local administrators learning Microsoft Office during computer training on ICT bus in Kabaya, Rwanda.
  Boat Schools in Bangladesh   Many children in rural areas of Bangladesh, particularly girls, do not have access to education. Due to tradition, boys are the first ones to be sent to school and girls can go to school only if the facility is not too far from home. Often, the nearest school is miles away and for girls this can represent an insurmountable challenge to their schooling. During the monsoon season many schools find themselves under water. Due to the climate change, the yearly floods have become worse and prolonged and children can now go for months without having classes. The solution by non-profit Shidhulai was unusual, but simple and effective: If children can't go to school, the school in the form of boats should go to them.  School boat arrives in the morning to pick up children who wait just below their village by the Atrai river. The boat makes several such stops along the river and picks up around 30 children for each class.