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.
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.
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.
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.
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 But the farmers, who struggle to maintain their crops with outdated technology and the threat of natural disaster, say the effort isn’t enough.
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.
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.
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.
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.