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With History of Distrust, Xochimilco Residents Suspect Mexico City of Siphoning Their Water

Region: Mexico

Topics: InfrastructureWater

Xochimilco residents say it was suspicious when Mexico City authorities rolled out and then canceled a controversial plan for water construction. After last year’s earthquake disrupted some water services in the Xochimilco area, residents are repeating their claim that the city is diverting their well water to more central parts of the capital.

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Usual Rent Deals in Buenos Aires Force Many Into Informal Settlements

Region: Argentina

Topics: InfrastructureLegal Rights

Rents in many informal settlements in Buenos Aires are just as high as rents in the city’s safer districts, which boast better utilities. But many have no choice but to live in the former, because rental contracts in the latter demand costly down payments beyond the reach of many locals.

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In Zambia, Unnamed Roads Leave Residents of Unplanned Settlements Vulnerable to Crime

Region: Zambia

Topics: Human RightsInfrastructure

A new initiative in Zambia aims to connect the police with the public by providing direct phone lines to local police stations. But the phone numbers do little good when callers from unplanned settlements report crimes in progress – and police can’t find their homes.

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Worsening Delays in Buenos Aires Rent Subsidies May Put More People on the Street

Region: Argentina

Topics: Human RightsInfrastructure

With rents in the Argentine capital soaring, subsidy recipients complain that the amounts they receive aren’t keeping up with the increases. When subsidies arrive later and later to pay impatient landlords, as one woman says, “Everything falls apart.”

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In Neighborhoods Without Public Schools, Zimbabwe’s Students Rely on Illegal Schools

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: EducationInfrastructure

Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, is growing quickly, and the government struggles to meet the city’s education needs. In neighborhoods without public schools, illegal for-profit schools are springing up, providing students with education – and a host of challenges.

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Prefabricated Homes May Fix Argentina’s Housing Crisis – and Put Builders out of Work

Region: Argentina

Topics: BusinessEconomyInfrastructure

Facing an acute housing shortage and the plummeting value of the Argentine peso, Argentina’s housing authority is touting a construction solution that would be both cheap and fast. But for the country’s construction industry, this solution may turn out to be a problem.

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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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