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The wastewater opportunity

Harnessing data, awareness and investment to tackle Africa’s wastewater woes Kampala, Uganda | AGENCIES | With an estimated 56 per cent of Africa’s urban population living in slums, wastewater management on the continent is a problem that needs urgent attention. In the streets of Kibera, one of the world’s largest informal …

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How do we measure ` happiness’?

And why it may be an element in evaluating one’s well-being, but it is not the only one Kampala, Uganda | HENRY S. RICHARDSON & ERIK SCHOKKAERT | Opinions differ on the definition of well-being. Yet there’s a growing consensus that it cannot be reduced to material consumption and that other …

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Technology and home languages

Marrying them in school boosts maths and science learning Kampala, Uganda | MMAKI JANTJIES | Technology, like mobile apps and online learning platforms, is becoming an increasingly important teaching tool all over the world. That’s also true in emerging markets; accessible technologies can essentially be used to take information and …

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How humans alter ecosystems

They may have transformed the Sahara from lush paradise to barren desert Kampala, Uganda | DAVID K WRIGHT | Once upon a time, the Sahara was green. There were vast lakes. Hippos and giraffe lived there, and large human populations of fishers foraged for food alongside the lakeshores. The “African …

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Pangolins in peril

On the hunt for traffickers of the hard scaled mammal Kampala, Uganda | RONALD MUSOKE | Ugandan conservationists are determined to fight back against a poaching assault on the pangolin, a small, long-nosed mammal with large overlapping keratin scales and the focus of a multi-billion dollar illicit business, fuelled by soaring …

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The Arab wants you

The pleasure and pain of a Middle East job Kampala, Uganda | FLAVIA NASSAKA | Rayan Kaahwa has lost count of the money he has spent chasing a job in Dubai. It started in May when he was lured to abandon his small retail shop to pay $700 to a labour …

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