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Life Goes On in the Shadow of DRC Volcano

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Getting a Private Education in DRC

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Congolese Students Face Costly Delays Due to Shortage of Professors

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: CoronavirusDevelopmentEducationHuman Rights

Trained teachers have not kept pace with a boom in universities, leading to massive staff shortages and leaving hundreds of students in limbo. School closures tied to the coronavirus pandemic threaten to further delay their future.

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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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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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Congolese Singer Performs for Politician’s Visit

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Private Cemetery Promises Safe Resting Place for the Rich

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: CultureInnovation

Grave desecration is common in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s public cemeteries. A private cemetery aims to create a safe, modern alternative – for those who can afford it.

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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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Scarcity of Small Livestock Feed Sparked a Lively New Market for the Sale of Fodder in Kirumba

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AgricultureEarthEntrepreneurship

A booming population in Kirumba, DRC has made the preferred feed for small livestock very scarce. Farmers have come to rely on local entrepreneurs, who saw the need and now walk long distances to procure the coveted grasses to sell at market.

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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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