In rural Uganda, where polygamy is a common practice, a married woman is traditionally seen as a property resident rather than a property co-owner. But the 8,000 Savings and Credit Cooperative Societies (SACCOs) in Uganda are giving women a voice. Men cannot put up land as loan collateral without consulting their spouse, requiring loan requests to be co-signed by wives.
In Kirumba, a village in DRC's North Kivu province, banana bacterial wilt (BBW) is currently ravaging banana plantations, striking a devastating blow for local populations as they’re losing bananas they rely on not only to make a locally-cherished style of brew known as Kasiksi.
Eleven years ago, the Argentine government passed a law guaranteeing the right of all students in public and private schools to receive comprehensive sex education. But as budget cuts threaten the national sex education program, upholding that guarantee has fallen to independent organizations and volunteers.
In Kisangani, DRC’s third-largest city, a local carpenter has taken on a new task — creating new, cost-effective cook stoves to help preserve the Ituri forest that surrounds the city. Powered by batteries that cost just 32 cents for a pair, customers say the stoves are saving them money too.
Voters in this southern African nation will head to the polls in 2018, but the government body that runs the elections is viewed by many as being under the control of the ruling party. This lack of independence, critics say, is causing young voters to lose faith in the process and to stay home on election day.