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Q&A: Uganda’s Opaque Stance on Oil Exploration Must Change, Lawyer Says

Region: Uganda

Topics: BusinessEnvironmentPolitics

Local governments will have a right to compensation from the revenue, and citizens will be entitled to seek redress for a polluted environment, says lawyer Patson Wilbroad Arinaitwe. He stresses the importance of regular environmental audits by the government and urges a requirement that companies monitor themselves, though the nation lacks a culture of enforcement and compliance.

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Tired of Watching People Die on the Congo River, Local Entrepreneur Builds a 400-Person Ferry

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: BusinessHealth

Small, wooden boats traveling from Kisangani to Kinshasa are often overcrowded with goods and passengers, increasing the risk for accidents, but one entrepreneur hopes to alleviate that concern by building a large ferry to provide affordable and safe transportation. The ferry is set to be ready by January, but details about the cost have yet to be determined.

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Featured Photo of a Charcoal Seller in Zambia

Region: Zambia

Topics: Business

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Military Protects Twice-Daily Convoys to Stem Violence on DRC Roads

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: BusinessHuman RightsPolitics

Criminals in DRC’s North Kivu province have long preyed on major roads, committing killings, kidnappings, and robberies of travelers. In May 2016, however, vehicles from the DRC military began accompanying regular convoys of commercial and passenger vehicles on two main routes, and crime on these slow-moving convoys has been nearly nonexistent.

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Featured Photo of a Ugandan Who Tells Stories Through Art

Region: Uganda

Topics: Business

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As Middle-Class Credit Grows, Consumers Turn to Malls for Modern Entertainment

Region: Mexico

Topics: Business

Since the North American Free Trade Agreement took effect in 1994, Mexico has seen an explosion in the number of shopping malls. Filling underdeveloped and developed areas alike, these malls promise shoppers a one-stop location for shopping, entertainment and relaxation.

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Featured Photo of a DRC Marriage

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Featured Photo of a Guatemalan Weaver

Region: Guatemala

Topics: Business

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New Government Policies Lower Barrier to Entry for Women Entrepreneurs

Region: Nepal

Topics: Business

New subsidies and tax waivers for women entrepreneurs aim to level the playing field for women-owned businesses. Policymakers hope the waivers will boost the nation’s economy while women entrepreneurs see potential benefits closer to home.

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Tension Between Herders and Farmers High as Violent Disputes Increase in Rural DRC

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: BusinessHuman RightsPolitics

Herders and farmers in Kaseghe, a remote part of the country’s North Kivu province, struggle to keep peace as each group points fingers at the other for crop damage and livestock deaths. A local official settles at least one claim per month, but the violence is on the rise.

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