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Rising Costs and Dwindling Land Put Traditional Burials Out of Reach for Many Zimbabweans

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: AutonomyEconomyHuman RightsInfrastructure

Cultural tradition dictates that families bury deceased Zimbabweans at their rural homes, where they can watch over living relatives and rest in peace. But the rising cost of living has forced many families to bury loved ones in cities, and space is running out.

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In Uganda’s Newest Districts, Development Brings Convenience and Heartache

Region: Uganda

Topics: DevelopmentInfrastructureLegal Rights

In rural parts of Uganda, a new district designation means development and improved access to services. But, as residents of the new Rukiga District have discovered, development can have unforeseen consequences.

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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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In the Absence of Garbage Collection, Residents Implement Grassroots Recycling and Composting

Region: Mexico

Topics: ClimateEnvironmentInfrastructureInnovation

When a breakdown in negotiations left the city of San Cristóbal de Las Casas without garbage collection for two weeks in 2019, trash piled up around town and the streets reeked. As the world grapples with waste collection, residents of this city devised a local solution – with sustainable effects to outlast the strike.

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Residents of Zimbabwe Suburbs Scramble for Water as City Infrastructure Falters

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: HealthHuman RightsInfrastructureWater

In Zimbabwe’s crowded capital, outdated water infrastructure struggles to meet growing demand as drought dries up wells across the city. Now, residents of the city’s far-flung suburbs, often first to feel the effects of water shortages, demand action.

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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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Private Land Developers Leave Work Unfinished, Frustrating Zimbabweans

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: BusinessInfrastructure

Unable to handle housing and amenities requests, local authorities in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe have been outsourcing them to private land developers. But those companies often take payments and don’t finish the job – forcing people to pay twice for services they have no guarantee of getting.

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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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Loosely Regulated Microloans and High Interest Rates Trap Sri Lankans in Debt

Region: Sri Lanka

Topics: InfrastructureMoney

Microloans have been praised worldwide for their ability to help women start businesses and rise out of poverty. But in Sri Lanka, microloans with exploitative interest rates are having the opposite effect.

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