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Nations strive to reach Millennium Goals

(September 22nd, 2010)

World leaders in New York are reviewing the progress of the so-called Millennium Development Goals, a set of concrete goals most countries agreed to at the end of the 90s aimed at improving the quality of life for billions. But the deal was signed before the global financial crisis hit. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Trust in poor communities builds profits

(May 11th, 2010)

In the developing world, the key innovation for marketing soda can be as simple as letting customers grab their own bottle. Gretchen Wilson explains.

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Africa finally to plug in to high-speed lines

(September 21st, 2009)

Fewer than 7% of Africans are connected to the Internet, compared to three out of four North Americans. But the imminent arrival of fiber-optic cables to the continent is expected to spark a telecommunications boom. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Black South Africans may lose farms

(April 21st, 2009)

In 1994 then South African President Mandela pledged to redistribute 30% of white-owned farmland to the black majority. But now the government is threatening to take that land back. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Charcoal use burns up Africa’s forests

(March 11th, 2009)

Many African businesses and homes use charcoal for heating and cooking. But producing the long-burning fuel could be warming the rest of the world. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Food processes slow down Tanzania

(March 2nd, 2009)

In Tanzania, 80% of the population works in agriculture. But high global food prices aren’t exactly helping Tanzanians. Many are still poor because much of their home-grown food goes to waste. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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African art that’s Made in China

(February 27th, 2009)

African craft artists pump about $300 million to the economy. But the locals are finding it tougher to compete with factories in China making replicas of their crafts. Gretchen Wilson explores how this is a form of identity theft.

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A world of opportunity for South Africa

(August 21st, 2008)

South Africa is busy building up its infrastructure in preparation for the 2010 World Cup. The tournament will pump about $3 billion into the economy and create about 200,000 jobs. Gretchen Wilson has more.

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Staying positive amid violence

(June 22nd, 2008)

Last month, groups of South Africans attacked poor immigrants from other African countries who had fled to South Africa to escape war or economic hardship in their home countries. The locals blamed the migrants for taking away jobs and housing, and for an increase in crime. At least 65 immigrants were killed in the violence. Hundreds more were injured. Small businesses were looted, and shacks were torched. As many as 80 thousand immigrants fled their homes.

Reporter Gretchen Wilson was in Johannesburg at the time and offers a Reporter’s Notebook on something she did not expect to see — people helping people.

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Affordable green computers to Uganda

(June 12th, 2008)

Microsoft is working with the U.N. to donate three to four-year-old computers to an upstart company in Uganda to get affordable machines to businesses. Gretchen Wilson reports on the computer restoration efforts.

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