World Questions is a BBC radio debate series giving citizens around the world a voice on issues that affect their lives.

BBC World Questions from Delhi, India

The monthly debates are run by the British Council in capital cities across the world, and recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service. Recent hosts include Jonathan Dimbleby, Anu Anand, Allan Little and Jonny Dymond.

Each debate catches a nation at a moment of change. It’s a chance for people to question their politicians face-to-face, and for their perspectives to be heard around the globe. All debates are held in English.

Democratic debate

A common thread running through all the World Questions broadcasts is young people holding their nation’s decision-makers to account. Supporting free and frank debate in countries where it isn’t always possible is an important part of the British Council’s mission.

People have seized the opportunity to quiz their leaders on topics including reconciliation (Colombia and Cyprus), the environment (Lebanon and Nepal), election results (Kenya), threats to civil liberties (Hungary and Poland) and inevitably, Brexit.

Passions can run high at World Questions: from hope to outrage to humour. And the discussion continues online.

Listen now

For its global audience of 4.2 million people, World Questions offers a snapshot of a different country each month: a rare opportunity to hear directly from local politicians and influencers, and hear a passionate audience talk about what matters to them. 

Latest debate – São Paulo

Jonny Dymond and the panel tackled questions on the recent election of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, the environment, racism and crime. The debate will be broadcast on 8 December 2018.

All debates

Debates are listed in order of broadcast. You can also search the BBC World Service website.