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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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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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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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To Cut Costs and Prevent Deforestation, DRC Women Make Fuel From Household Waste

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AgricultureEarthEnvironmentInfrastructureInnovation

Rates of deforestation in DRC have spiked, and many environmentalists attribute the rise to demand for charcoal. Now, some women forgo the popular fuel by making their own alternative, saving money – and the forest – in the process.

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Some Residents, Businesses Enjoy Reliable Power as DRC’s Electric Utility Faces Competition

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: BusinessDevelopmentEconomyInfrastructure

For decades, DRC’s national electric utility had no competition, and residents in the city of Goma faced unpredictable blackouts. But in the wake of a law that permits competition in the sector, electricity has become more reliable – for some.

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Congolese Firm Fixes Key Road in Remote DRC Area – but a Monsoon Test Awaits

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: BusinessInfrastructure

Many foreign contractors have failed to repair the main road between Butembo and Beni in DRC’s remote Ituri province, after the annual monsoon floods leave it impassable. A construction company owned and operated by Congolese successfully fixed the road this year – but will their repairs withstand the coming monsoon season?

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