A new pricing system is the latest indication that Zimbabwe’s economic crisis is fundamentally changing how the country does business. Some vendors and consumers are praising the system – so why are the authorities discouraging it?
As urbanization in Uganda grows, monkeys are being forced out of their natural habitats and are moving into human territory to search for food. Now, many residents are struggling to come to terms with the primate invasion.
Damien Mander, founder of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation, has changed the lives of the women he’s hired to be wildlife rangers in Zimbabwe’s Lower Zambezi Valley. But many people in the conservation world worry that Mander’s approach is neither effective nor safe.
A government policy enacted without notice on Oct. 1 eliminated U.S. dollars from bank accounts throughout the country and replaced that money with a new monetary unit that some central bank officials say should be called a “local dollar.” Accessing those dollars had grown increasingly difficult, but seeing them disappear was a crushing blow for people who had saved them.
Gold has been mined in this remote region of DRC for decades, and many mines are controlled by armed groups. But when a new deposit was discovered recently, armed groups didn’t take it over – the people did.