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Coronavirus Shuts Mexican Universities, Crippling Nearby Businesses

Region: Mexico

Topics: CoronavirusDevelopmentEconomyEducation

The city of Puebla, known for its vibrant college life, finds its economy wobbling in the wake of a student strike and the coronavirus pandemic. For scores of enterprises, staying afloat in 2020 has been hard – or, in some cases, impossible.

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Uganda’s Delayed Sexuality Education Program Divides Parents

Region: Uganda

Topics: DevelopmentEducationHealthPolicyReproductive Rights

Parents and religious groups have criticized the government’s plan to teach sexuality education to children as young as 3. Meanwhile, police report a rise in cases of sexual abuse of children, and some civil society groups say the delay in educating them is partly to blame.

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Uganda Has Plenty of Electricity – But Most Households Remain Powerless

Region: Uganda

Topics: DevelopmentHuman Rights

Thanks to recent infrastructure upgrades, Uganda now produces more than enough electricity to supply the entire country. So why do so many Ugandans remain in the dark?

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Food Shortage Looms as DRC Border Remains Closed

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AgricultureCoronavirusDevelopmentEconomyHuman Rights

Part 2 in a Series: Tens of thousands of DRC residents earn a living by trading across the border with Rwanda. Now, the border is closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus – and experts warn that an economic disaster is imminent.

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Cross-Border Trading in Zimbabwe Becomes Casualty of Coronavirus

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: CoronavirusDevelopmentEconomyHuman RightsJobs

Cross-border traders bring goods from abroad to resell in Zimbabwe, and the informal trade ripples through the country’s economy, providing jobs and lowering the cost of staples. Now this industry – and the nation – must reckon with a closed border.

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DRC Survived Ebola. Does That Make It Ready for Coronavirus?

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AccessCoronavirusDevelopmentDiseaseHealth

Just as officials prepared to declare the country Ebola-free, COVID-19 hit. Authorities are taking strict measures. But many residents, having survived one devastating epidemic without isolation, are skeptical they need to disrupt their lives for another.

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DRC Relies on Food Imports as Insecurity Stalls Local Agriculture

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AgricultureDevelopmentEconomyJobs

A wealth of natural resources should make the nation’s agriculture sector one of the world’s most productive. Instead, ongoing instability has hampered access to food and stymied farmers’ commercial output.

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Coronavirus Devastates Puerto Rico’s Tourism Industry

Region: Puerto Rico

Topics: CoronavirusDevelopmentEconomyJobs

With cruise ships not sailing, tour guides, shopkeepers and restaurant owners in Old San Juan and across the region say business has stopped. Though the economy is set to reopen, the question remains: When will the tourists return?

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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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Already Struggling, Artisans of Teotihuacán Fear the Coronavirus Will Wipe Them Out

Region: Mexico

Topics: CoronavirusCultureDevelopmentJobs

The number of traditional obsidian carvers in Mexico has steadily dwindled. The remaining artisans faced financial hardship and a risk of illness that threatened to destroy their ancient art form – and that was before the coronavirus arrived.

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