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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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Rising Costs and Dwindling Land Leave Zimbabweans Without Traditional Burials

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: AutonomyEconomyHuman RightsInfrastructure

The country’s cultural tradition dictates that families bury the deceased at their rural homes, where they can watch over living relatives. But increasing daily expenses have forced many families to bury loved ones in cities – and space is running out.

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Infrastructure Challenges Impede Nepal’s Goal to Improve Health Care

Region: Nepal

Topics: AccessAutonomyDevelopmentHealthInfrastructureWomen's Rights

Women in rural areas can face 20-hour journeys on foot to give birth in a hospital. Nepal has ambitious plans to fight maternal mortality and bring facilities to underserved areas – but the reality looks much tougher.

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Toilets Meant to Improve Sanitation Turn Into Deadly Hazards

Region: Uganda

Topics: DevelopmentHealthHuman RightsInfrastructure

Pit latrines play a critical role in improving public health throughout Uganda. But when people run out of money to finish building them, they leave gaping holes and life-threatening safety concerns — especially for children.

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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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Urbanization Efforts Uproot Ugandans

Region: Uganda

Topics: DevelopmentInfrastructureLegal Rights

New boundary lines in rural parts of the country improve access to services. But as residents are discovering, it also tramples established communities and forces some to relocate.

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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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