BBC World Questions is a radio debate series delivered in partnership with the British Council, giving citizens around the world a voice on issues that affect their lives.

Jonathan Dimbleby chairing a BBC World Questions debate in Warsaw
Jonathan Dimbleby chairing a BBC World Questions debate in Warsaw.

The debates are held in cities across the world, and recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service, you can also catch up on the World Questions website and on the BBC Sounds app. Recent hosts include Jonny Dymond, Lyse Doucet and Shaimaa Khalil. Since the start of the pandemic some of the programmes have been delivered wholly online.

Each debate catches a nation at a moment of change. It’s a chance for people to question their politicians, 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 the Covid19 pandemic.

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

Listen now

For its global audience, 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. 

The British Council is not involved in every edition of World Questions – for a full episode list see the BBC World Service website.