2009 Finalist Top Brance


World Challenge is now in its fifth year. Over that time we have received thousands of nominations. Sadly, we have only been able to film a small selection. But it's enough to know that there are millions of points of light out there. Watching the news is easy to forget that the vast majority of people go about their lives peacefully and productively. Our aim In World Challenge is briefly to bring stories of modest scale sustainable enterprise to the screens. Every year has thrown up big surprises. The diverse ways that ordinary people go about making a living without taxing the Earth's resources is uplifting. This year we feature the most diverse crop of stories yet. I've seen the footage coming in from all corners of the world and can testify that all deserve to win the World Challenge prizes. This time it's slightly different because we will be ending every programme with a ‘catch up’ on finalists featured in previous years. And the really good news is that they are still going strong and proving that 'sustainable' is a term with a lot of meaning. I don't envy BBC World News viewers who will have to make some very tough choices about their favourites for 2009.

  • 2009

    A Bright Idea - Sri LankaNothing Wasted - IndonesiaFungi Town - USA Solar Sisters - IndiaEmmission Control - UKFuel Cell - Kenya Jiko Rescue - the Democratic Republic of CongoNo Beating About The Bush - Namibia Old School Thai - Thailand Off Grid Aid - Israel-PalestinePatterns Of Change - Afghanistan
  • 2005

    2005 Winner2005 Runner Up2006 Runner Up 2005 Finalist A Chilli Reception2005 Finalist Basket Case2005 Finalist Bugs Money 2005 Finalist Dye-ing for Change2005 Finalist Lucky Birds2005 Finalist My Big Fat Ethical Wedding 2005 Finalist Men Not at Work2005 Finalist Snakes Alive2005 Finalist Rooftop Revolution
  • 2006

    2006 Winner2006 Runner Up2006 Runner Up 2006 Finalist Blooming Business2006 Finalist Fireproof Juice2006 Finalist Grass Roots 2006 Finalist Making a Buzz2006 Finalist Powering Up2006 Finalist Shark Park 2006 Finalist Silicon Salvage2006 Finalist Sunny Side Up2006 Finalist Wild Child
  • 2007

    2007 Winner2007 Runner Up2007 Runner Up 2007 Finalist Out of the Forest2007 Finalist Herbal Healing2007 Finalist Half Price Hygiene 2007 Finalist Limbs From Leftovers2007 Finalist Peace Woods2007 Finalist S.O.S: Save Our Seaweed 2007 Finalist Steaming Ahead2007 Finalist High Sweet Fashion2007 Finalist Top of the Crops
  • 2008

    2008 Winner2008 Runner Up2008 Runner Up 2008 Finalist Cliffhanger2008 Finalist Change is Brewing2008 Finalist Green Gold 2008 Finalist Market economy2008 Finalist Maasai Production2008 Finalist Comunidade Film 2008 Finalist Independence Day2008 Finalist Learning With-in Tent2008 Finalist Sole Traders