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Poor sanitation leads to diseases like malnutrition and stunted growth in children. It also makes them sick and unable to attend school. Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters

African cities aren’t keeping up with the demand for basic toilets

We know that Africa's cities need better sanitation. But is the global focus on private rather than shared toilets really the best approach?
Protesting students from the University of Zimbabwe take to the streets of Harare in 2001. Howard Burditt/Reuters

Five lessons from Zimbabwe’s game-changing student protests

In 1988 students from the University of Zimbabwe began demonstrating against government corruption. Their protests grew into a national movement that indelibly changed the country.

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