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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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Mobile Money Shields Some Zambians from Coronavirus, Endangers Others

Region: Zambia

Topics: CoronavirusDevelopmentEconomyHealthMoney

Zambia’s government has called on the public to use less cash in order to reduce their exposure to the coronavirus. Now mobile money tellers and grocers find themselves at risk.

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Zimbabwe’s Hyperinflation Threatens Beloved National Pastime

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: DevelopmentEconomyJobsMoney

Zimbabwe’s professional football clubs aren’t exempt from the effects of hyperinflation. Rising league fees have jeopardized the future of teams and players. And some say the love of the game is a major casualty of the crisis.

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In Uganda, Addiction Treatment Is a Privilege Few Can Afford

Region: Uganda

Topics: AccessDevelopmentHealthMoney

Ugandans face harsh penalties for drug use, but getting treatment for addiction is no easy feat. There aren’t nearly enough rehab facilities, and their steep price tags mean treatment is out of reach for those who need it most.

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To End Reliance on Imports, Young Farmers Promote Local Agriculture

Region: Puerto Rico

Topics: AgricultureEntrepreneurshipEnvironmentJobsMoney

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico nearly three years ago – and highlighted its dependence on imported food. The spread of the new coronavirus could lead to similar food shortages. Green-thumb residents are trying to fix the imbalance by growing and marketing local produce.

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Free Education in DRC Has Unintended Consequences for Teachers

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: DevelopmentEducationJobsMoneyPolicy

Even though the DRC Constitution has long guaranteed free, compulsory public education, parents have been paying into public-school teacher salaries for years – and students faced expulsion for nonpayment. This year, the government finally made good on its promise, but public schools are struggling to meet the sudden demand.

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Eager for Ways to Buy Staples, Zimbabweans Turn to Technology

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: EconomyEntrepreneurshipMigrationMoney

With inflation tightening its grip on Zimbabwe, people are hungry for ways to get groceries from abroad, but many traditional methods are expensive and inconvenient. But new technology might offer some relief.

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Pirated Movies Bring Ugandan Actors Fame But Not Fortune

Region: Uganda

Topics: DevelopmentJobsLegal RightsMoney

In Uganda, actors have fame but take on second jobs to make a living, as pirated movies eat into industry profits. Critics say these pirates are stealing more than just movies: They’re robbing the industry of a future.

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In Cash-Strapped Zimbabwe, Convenience of Mobile Money Comes at a Steep Cost

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: DevelopmentEconomyMoney

Zimbabweans have long struggled with cash shortages, and many have turned to “mobile money” for daily transactions. With no need for a bank account, the system is convenient – at least, until it's time to make a withdrawal.

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Delayed Paychecks Leave DRC Miners Scrambling For Options

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: ExtractivesJobsMoney

As miners wait months to be paid, illegal mineral trafficking between DRC and Rwanda flourishes.

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