Features by Gretchen Wilson

Diamonds are in the rough

Lower U.S. demand for diamonds is affecting the chain that produce and sell the mineral, from jewelry stores to polishers. Gretchen Wilson explores how dire the situation is for the industry.

U.N. plan helps poor get home loans

A new plan from the United Nations' housing agency may help the poor get home loans. Gretchen Wilson reports on how the program may work.
Posted In: Housing

Developing nations still need support

As the G20 summit prepares to kick off, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon is calling for $1 trillion in support for developing nations. Steve Chiotakis talks to Gretchen Wilson in Johannesburg about why it's crucial to help them now.

IMF boosting its loans to Africa

After a two-day meeting with African leaders in Tanzania, The International Monetary Fund says it will boost loans to Africa and loosen its lending requirements. Gretchen Wilson reports what Africa may need to protect itself from crisis.

Charcoal use burns up Africa's forests

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.

Food processes slow down Tanzania

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.
Posted In: Food

African art that's Made in China

African craft artists pump about $300 million into 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.

Translation software opens up doors

For people living in developing countries, it can be difficult learning how to use technology when the language can't be understood. But with new translation software becoming available, a whole new world of technology is opening up. Gretchen Wilson reports.
Posted In: Science

Financial crisis ripples through Africa

While Africa is not feeling the effects of the financial crisis the same way as many other countries, it's still bracing itself for ripple effects such as cooled global demand. Gretchen Wilson reports.

South African economy feels jitters too

The African National Congress has run South Africa since the first democratic elections in 1994. But a power struggle among ANC leaders is shaking the nation's economy. Gretchen Wilson reports from Johannesburg.


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