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Upcoming Elections a Major Test of Zimbabwe’s Readiness for Foreign Investment

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: BusinessElections

After years of sanctions and hesitation among private investors, Zimbabweans hope a fresh era with a new president will attract jobs to their country. If a July 30 election is viewed as free and fair, the rest of the world is much more likely to view Zimbabwe as a potentially lucrative destination for investment, analysts say.

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Curing Tobacco in Zimbabwe Requires Trees. Can Tobacco Farmers Plant Enough of Them to Save Their Own Industry?

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: BusinessEnvironment

Zimbabwe’s tobacco industry is thriving, but its forests are not even though the government has set aside money for reforestation. Now, tobacco farmers, who rely on burning wood to cure their crop, are taking those efforts into their own hands.

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After Building on Land They Thought They Owned, Zimbabweans Are Left Homeless

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: BusinessHuman RightsPolitics

In recent years, the government has destroyed illegally built informal settlements in Harare and other urban areas, leaving hundreds of thousands homeless, even though many of them believed they legally possessed their plots ─ after paying so-called land barons who didn’t actually own the property. City officials urge prospective buyers to check property records to ensure that land is available for purchase, but viewing and copying those records is costly.

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Foreign Aid Agencies in DRC Treat Local Workers Poorly, Protesters Say

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: BusinessHuman Rights

Foreign aid agencies operating in Democratic Republic of Congo seldom recruit local workers, and when they do, they’re paid far less than foreign workers, local people say. Frustrated with high unemployment and lack of job opportunities, protestors are demanding that international organizations hire more qualified locals.

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Facing Food Shortage and Weather Crises, Haitian Farmers Say Government Support is Insufficient

Region: Haiti

Topics: BusinessEnvironment

In the midst of a food shortage, Haiti’s government is drafting plans and implementing new policies to support the country’s large population of farmers. But the farmers, who struggle to maintain their crops with outdated technology and the threat of natural disaster, say the effort isn’t enough.

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A Haitian Man Works as Stone Crusher

Region: Haiti

Topics: Business

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Everest is Empty as Virus Shuts Down Global Tourism Industry

Region: Nepal

Topics: BusinessCoronavirusDevelopmentEconomyJobsTravel

Tourism officials had hoped to lure 2 million tourists to “Visit Nepal” this year, but coronavirus shutdowns have dashed those expensive plans. That’s a blow to the country’s budget. But it’s an even bigger hit for those who work in the shadow of the world’s tallest peak.

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With Empty Tables, Chiapas Restaurants Take to the Road to Attract Customers

Region: Mexico

Topics: BusinessCoronavirusDevelopmentEconomyJobs

Tourism is the lifeblood of many businesses in San Cristóbal de las Casas, including restaurants. Now, with coronavirus quarantines and social distancing initiatives dealing big financial blows, restaurateurs are developing creative strategies to keep their customers loyal to the food they serve.

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Ride-Sharing Platforms Popular in Nepal, but Are They Legal?

Region: Nepal

Topics: BusinessDevelopmentJobsLegal Rights

Online services provide a cheap and convenient means of transportation for thousands of people in Nepal. They also provide jobs to many. But the country’s legal system lacks provisions for such companies, and some say they are running afoul of the law.

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Political Turmoil in Indian-Administered Kashmir Forces Out Young Entrepreneurs

Region: India

Topics: BusinessEconomyHuman RightsJobsMigration

After Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi revoked the state of Jammu and Kashmir’s semi-autonomous status, the region was thrown into turmoil. Many young entrepreneurs, once a source of employment and economic development in the region, had no choice but to close their businesses and seek opportunity elsewhere.

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