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In Neighborhoods Without Public Schools, Zimbabwe’s Students Rely on Illegal Schools

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: EducationInfrastructure

Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, is growing quickly, and the government struggles to meet the city’s education needs. In neighborhoods without public schools, illegal for-profit schools are springing up, providing students with education – and a host of challenges.

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Kisangani Currency Heist Sows Confusion Among Vendors, Shoppers

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: DevelopmentEconomyInfrastructureMoney

Last year, a group of Kisangani residents stole a load of bank notes marked for destruction. As the old, tattered currency re-enters circulation, shoppers and vendors lose trust in their money – and the Central Bank of Congo.

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A Hydroelectric Dam but No Reliable Power: Outages Plague Kisangani

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: DevelopmentEconomyHuman RightsInfrastructure

For thousands in the DRC city, lengthy outages are a fact of life. As activities, including work, grind to a halt, residents face economic hardship, and many blame the national electric company. Is a second dam the only solution?

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Another Casualty of Coronavirus: a Solar Power Plant in DRC

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: CoronavirusDevelopmentHuman RightsInfrastructure

Construction of a $52 million solar photovoltaic power plant in Kisangani is on hold as the world fights the pandemic. The suspension is a letdown for hundreds hired to work at the plant – and a setback for the growing region after decades of blackouts and power outages.

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Toilets Meant to Improve Sanitation Turn Into Deadly Hazards

Region: Uganda

Topics: DevelopmentHealthHuman RightsInfrastructure

Pit latrines play a critical role in improving public health throughout Uganda. But when people run out of money to finish building them, they leave gaping holes and life-threatening safety concerns — especially for children.

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Under-Resourced and Medically Understaffed, Puerto Rico Faces the Coronavirus

Region: Puerto Rico

Topics: AccessCoronavirusDevelopmentHealthHuman RightsInfrastructure

When the coronavirus hit, doctors and medical equipment already were in short supply thanks to the lingering impacts of a destructive hurricane and debilitating debt. Now some worry about what could happen if the coronavirus outbreak here were to “get out of hand.”

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A Nuisance Plant Fuels Entrepreneurial Spirit—and Zimbabwe’s Stoves

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: EnvironmentInfrastructureInnovation

As country struggles with lengthy power outages, an innovative business offers a cheaper, almost smoke-free alternative to traditional charcoal. The product could also slow deforestation. All that from a weed.

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Rising Costs and Dwindling Land Leave Zimbabweans Without Traditional Burials

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: AutonomyEconomyHuman RightsInfrastructure

The country’s cultural tradition dictates that families bury the deceased at their rural homes, where they can watch over living relatives. But increasing daily expenses have forced many families to bury loved ones in cities – and space is running out.

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Infrastructure Challenges Impede Nepal’s Goal to Improve Health Care

Region: Nepal

Topics: AccessAutonomyDevelopmentHealthInfrastructureWomen's Rights

Women in rural areas can face 20-hour journeys on foot to give birth in a hospital. Nepal has ambitious plans to fight maternal mortality and bring facilities to underserved areas – but the reality looks much tougher.

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Truck Convoy Brings Welcome Boom to DRC Town Once Plagued by Violence

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: EconomyInfrastructureInnovation

Kanyabayonga, an area of DRC known for killings and kidnappings, never needed restaurants because there were never any customers. But a new truck convoy system that ensures safer travel has Kanyabayonga residents turning profits.

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