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World Bank directors to decide on new leader

(April 21st, 2012)

        Listen to this story David Brancaccio: Right at the center of so many developing economies? The World Bank. Today the Bank’s directors are picking a new new president. The U.S. has nominated one candidate, and historically the American choice gets the job. But for the first time, there’s another contender — […]

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The Oprah School on Trial

(October 29th, 2008)

The Daily Beast An exclusive report on the sexual abuse case that tarnished Oprah’s South African School—and an interview with the dorm matron at the center of the scandal. In the moments before her trial resumes, Tiny Makopo, a former dormitory matron at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, is sending text messages and […]

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Violence spurs humanitarian crisis

(May 30th, 2008)

Anti-immigrant violence in South Africa has forced tens of thousands from their homes and could have a long-lasting economic impact on the region. Gretchen Wilson reports from outside Johannesburg.

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Pig donations bring home the bacon

(December 24th, 2007)

In some parts of Lesotho, annual income is $100 a year. But a $195 donation can buy a family an income-generating piglet that can boost that income substantially. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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‘Oh, so I was in an abusive relationship’

(August 27th, 2007)

A South African group has added a twist to its mircofinancing practice by providing additional training to its entrepreneurs — which is allowing some women to say “no” to their husbands for the first time. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Now Africa turns to microsaving

(August 9th, 2007)

Women make up 80 percent of Africa’s subsistence farmers and food traders, but most have nowhere to save what little money they earn. One group has an idea to help change that: an African women’s bank. Gretchen Wilson has details.

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Women lead protests in Zimbabwe

(July 26th, 2007)

With inflation out of control and their country on the brink of economic collapse, women are taking to the streets of Zimbabwe to protest President Mugabe’s policies. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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A playful way to bring water closer

(July 24th, 2007)

More than a billion people worldwide don’t have access to clean water. But one South African village has found a way for communities to access fresh drinking water and have fun at the same time. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Africa trade deal helps Chinese firms

(July 18th, 2007)

U.S. and African trade officials are reviewing a deal intended to improve markets for goods made in sub-Saharan Africa. Its unintended effect? Creating opportunity for Chinese firms. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Character-based Loans Grow in Kenya

(May 16th, 2007)

Microlending is having a major impact in Kenya, sparking as many as 40,000 small businesses as its poorest residents take advantage of the new opportunity. And with reputations on the line, the payback rate is outstanding, Gretchen Wilson reports.

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