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In Zimbabwe, ‘Ghost Workers’ Get Government Salaries Without Doing the Work

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: JobsPolitics

In Zimbabwe, the government sector is rife with people known as ghost workers, who are paid a salary, but are not actually employed or performing any work. The government is trying to introduce a new system to address this, but as of now, the solution remains as invisible as the problem.

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DRC Youth Are Flooding Politics. But Are They Only Doing It for the Money?

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: JobsPolitics

In Kisangani, a major city in Democratic Republic of Congo, young people are graduating from good universities, only to find themselves in a pool of unemployment. Turning to a life in politics might be the only lucrative option they have left.

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Zimbabwean Furniture Workers Threatened by Fires, While Authorities Struggle to Help

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: BusinessCorruptionEntrepreneurshipPolitics

Furniture workers make up a large portion of Zimbabwe’s informal economy. But in this particular manufacturing complex, their livelihoods are in danger from constant fires that the authorities can’t address.

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Ugandan Law Prevents ‘Public Nuisances’ – Including Gatherings Led By Opposition Leaders

Region: Uganda

Topics: Legal RightsPolitics

In 2013, the Ugandan government passed the Public Order Management Act, stating that organizers must inform police before holding any large public gatherings. Officials say they want to prevent disorderly conduct, but many people point to the law as a convenient way to discourage opposition.

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Sri Lankans Use New RTI Law to Access Land Information Following War in North

Region: Sri Lanka

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

A recent silent protest in front of the president’s office in Colombo was part of an effort to use the new Right to Information law to get the facts on missing persons, voter identification, land rights and other issues. A youth network called AFRIEL facilitated the demonstration and has assisted people in developing more than 1,000 applications under the law.

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Haitian Protestors Say Government Left Promises Unfulfilled

Region: Haiti

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

Protestors in Haiti continue to demand a government overhaul, expressing anger with the country’s inability to deliver on promises of new infrastructure, education, and healthcare projects. But for many Haitians, the protests present yet another obstacle in their already challenging daily routines.

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Women in DRC Look to November Elections as Opportunity to Gain Political Influence

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo want to play a bigger role in political decision-making, and the possibility of the November elections are viewed as opportunity for change. A group of women from different political parties, known as "Nothing Without Women," is leading the effort.

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Ready to Challenge the President, Ugandan Entertainers Enter the Political Arena

Region: Uganda

Topics: ArtsPolitics

President Yoweri Museveni has been in power since 1986. Despite his advancing age, his supporters are changing laws to let him run for office again. Meanwhile, his record of human rights abuses is piling up. Now, a new group of citizens is taking the lead in opposing his rule: musicians and entertainers.

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New Income Tax in Rwanda Causing Major Financial Strain for Many Mobile Money Agents

Region: Rwanda

Topics: BusinessMoneyPolitics

More than 7 million Rwandans do their banking through their cellphones, but many of the agents who facilitate the banking transactions never declared their income to the country’s tax authority. Now the tax authority has started taking a 15-percent withholding tax from these agents’ incomes with the cellphone provider, plunging some of these agents into financial turmoil.

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Youngest Woman in Zimbabwe’s Parliament Works to Boost Youths’ Civic Engagement

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Politics

Barely more than one-third of the members of Zimbabwe’s Parliament are women, and the average age of past election candidates has been over 50. That’s part of what makes Joanah Mamombe, the 25-year-old woman who represents Harare West, exceptional – and her work with young people is already beginning to draw attention in her district.

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