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Pirated Movies Bring Ugandan Actors Fame But Not Fortune

Region: Uganda

Topics: DevelopmentJobsLegal RightsMoney

In Uganda, actors have fame but take on second jobs to make a living, as pirated movies eat into industry profits. Critics say these pirates are stealing more than just movies: They’re robbing the industry of a future.

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In Cash-Strapped Zimbabwe, Convenience of Mobile Money Comes at a Steep Cost

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: DevelopmentEconomyMoney

Zimbabweans have long struggled with cash shortages, and many have turned to “mobile money” for daily transactions. With no need for a bank account, the system is convenient – at least, until it's time to make a withdrawal.

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Delayed Paychecks Leave DRC Miners Scrambling For Options

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: ExtractivesJobsMoney

As miners wait months to be paid, illegal mineral trafficking between DRC and Rwanda flourishes.

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Civil Servants in Uganda Raise Questions Over Parliament’s Ability to Set Own Salaries, Benefits

Region: Uganda

Topics: JobsMoneyPolitics

In Uganda, members of the parliament decide their own pay, even as debate over whether or not the constitution allows them to do so continues. But not all government employees receive the same benefits – so civil society organizations are calling for more oversight.

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As Tuition Spikes, Students at the University of Puerto Rico Volunteer for Meals

Region: Puerto Rico

Topics: EducationMoney

University tuition in Puerto Rico has risen so high that it’s hard for students to balance the cost of courses with the costs of books, facilities and even meals. Many are now volunteering with community kitchens and dining halls to feed themselves.

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Take a Book, Leave a Book: Public Book Exchanges in Puerto Rico Provide Alternative to Rising Costs, Under-Resourced Libraries

Region: Puerto Rico

Topics: EconomyEducationMoney

Increasing costs of living and limited library services in Puerto Rico have made it hard for people to access books. To promote access to reading, local people are taking matters into their hands by setting up book exchange projects, so that people can explore the world of reading at lower prices.

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When Husbands Don’t Leave a Will, Widows Must Fight for Their Inheritance

Region: Uganda

Topics: Legal RightsMoneyWomen's Rights

Widows in Uganda have few rights when it comes to claiming inheritance. Women’s groups that advocate for them have seen some success, but find themselves unable to reach many widows in need outside of urban areas.

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Workers in Nepal Are Leaving. Can Government Loans Make Them Stay?

Region: Nepal

Topics: Human MigrationJobsMoney

Between 2008 and 2017, more than a tenth of Nepal’s population left the country, looking for jobs that are scarce at home. The government is trying to bring workers back, but their efforts to support entrepreneurs and new businesses aren’t going as well as planned.

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Is Cryptocurrency the Solution to Zimbabwe’s Money Crisis?

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: EconomyMoney

In Zimbabwe, cryptocurrencies appear to some as a solution to the currency crisis. A new platform – SPURT – is gaining popularity, but not everyone is convinced that the benefits outweigh the risks.

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Zimbabwe: When the Value of Money Changes Daily, What Does it Cost to Live?

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: EconomyMoney

Zimbabwe’s economic situation fluctuates as changes to the currency leave people concerned about their savings and ability to earn a living.

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