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Is free education failing Kenya’s children? A mother’s dilemma

09/07/2012 | Audrey Wabwire

A student at a public primary school in Kenya takes notes during a lesson - Adrian Gathu | Panos London

Children enjoy free primary schooling in Kenya. Yet many fail basic literacy tests and corruption has affected schools. Journalist and mother Audrey Wabwire explores the problems in this audio report.

Nigeria: eroded earth swallows up homes

05/17/2011 | Ugochi Anyaka

Nigerian reporter Ugochi Anyaka witnesses the effects of massive soil erosion and hears possible solutions.

Kenya: saving for a dry day

04/25/2011 | Winnie Onyimbo

In Kenya’s Eastern Province, severe droughts mean many farmers are reduced to living on food aid. But a savings club is helping households to grow drought-resistant crops, giving them a fighting chance during the hard times brought on by changes in the climate.

Uganda: Wetlands dry up as rice demand soars

06/02/2010 | Emmanuel Okella

Uganda's wetlands have provided drainage and prevented flooding during rainy seasons for centuries. But rice is rapidly replacing traditional crops, and becoming an environmental liability in the process.

Zambia: Farming revolution

01/12/2010 | Arnold Tutu

Zambia is pumping money into the commercial farming sector in the hope of turning around its economy. With overseas investors being invited to run farms on prime agricultural land, can smaller Zambian farmers hope to compete?

Ghana: Taxation, what’s in it for me?

11/27/2009 | Isaac Tetteh

Ghana's government is keen to raise more income from tax. Over the past 30 years successive governments have tried to push through tax reforms but some have been violently opposed by the public, meaning the current government is taking a different approach.

Uganda: Small farmers pay their dues

11/27/2009 | Wambi Michael

Local authorities in Uganda collect taxes which are then used to pay for improvements to the local area. One such tax is a fee paid by farmers and traders who want to sell their goods at markets. Known locally as empoza, it's resented by many poorer traders.

Kenya: Taxing times for street hawkers

11/25/2009 | Eric Kadenge

Street hawkers face a daily battle with the authorities to sell their goods on the streets of Nairobi, finding themselves on the wrong side of the law as the Kenyan government tries to bring informal vendors into the mainstream economy.

Relocation dilemmas for Bhutanese refugees

07/28/2009 | Naresh Newar

In 1990 up to 100,000 ethnically Nepali Lhotsampas were expelled from Bhutan, after the government introduced a new citizenship test.

Tanzania: Power comes at a price

06/02/2009 | Neville Meena

In Tanzania gas from Songo Songo island is being converted into low-cost electricity in the capital Dar es Salaam. But the local people living near the gas reserves have no access to the energy.

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