Global transformation produces winners and losers – something the latest release of the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Transformation Index (BTI) makes clear. "Secrets of Transformation," a new multimedia series produced by Deutsche Welle, makes use of BTI data to show how people in developing and transition countries experience global change.
Eight countries on four continents illustrate the political and economic shifts taking place around the globe. The series uses data from the 2014 BTI, which is based on long-term studies carried out by the Bertelsmann Stiftung. Every two weeks between now and March 4, a new installment of "Secrets of Transformation" will appear in German and English.
Why have efforts to combat corruption been more successful in Liberia than in Ukraine? Is there a strategy behind Bolivia's economic growth? Why has Pakistan experienced economic stagnation? Why is the separation of powers weakening in Hungary yet growing stronger in Indonesia? Reporters from Germany's international news agency have been investigating these issues by carrying out research on site, speaking with government officials, opposition leaders, activists and others. Video profiles and picture galleries provide information on the people impacted by transformation.
For example, viewers will meet journalist Támas Bodoky, whose office was searched by Hungarian police before filming began. Or Luis Arce Catacora, Bolivia's economic minister, who explains his country's socialist-influenced economic model. Not to mention Galina Talach from Ukraine, who talks about how she had to spend her life savings on cancer surgery, since she needed to bribe officials in order to be treated at all. In the end, she was unable to save the life of her husband, who was also ill.