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Coronavirus Shuts Mexican Universities, Crippling Businesses That Rely on Students

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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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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Zimbabwe’s New Grain Policy Has Farmers Eyeing Black Market

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: AgricultureEconomyLegislation

In Zimbabwe, a new policy requires farmers to sell maize to the government at a fixed price. But maize farmers say that it’s not enough to live on.

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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 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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Kidnappings Surge Amid Haiti’s Political and Economic Crises

Region: Haiti

Topics: AutonomyEconomyHuman RightsPolitics

Enmeshed in ongoing corruption scandals and social unrest, kidnappings are now rampant here – and no one is immune.

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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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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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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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