Stories: Infrastructure

  • Inside Bolivia’s long struggle to unlock the world’s largest lithium supply

    At the heart of South America, the long-struggling nation of Bolivia sits atop an unlikely gold mine: the world’s largest lithium reserves. It’s been nearly a decade since the Bolivian government first set out to capitalize on this precious natural resource. Yet while the booming tech industry has recently sent lithium prices soaring, Bolivia appears to...

  • Nepal Connections: Trail to Everest Under Repair, Open for Business

    Pasang Sherpa, and the rest of the Sagarmatha National Park, are open for business. Sharpa's Mount Kailash Lodge has its tables out on the sun deck, with a beautiful view overlooking the Dudh Koshi River. He's strategically placed in the village of Monju, halfway between the airport town of Lukla where most of the tourists arrive, and the...

  • Earthquake Strains Nepal’s Already Shaky, But Potentially Powerful, Electricity Sector

    Reliable access to electricity was already tenuous in most parts of Nepal before last month’s mammoth earthquake. Now, with many villages and municipalities here about to enter their second week without power — and with little expectation that the outages can be addressed quickly, given the extent of damage to the nation’s already fragile...

  • Rural Life in Ethiopia

    It is impossible to understand Ethiopia without visiting the countryside. In a country of 90 million people, the rural land of Ethiopia is where over 90% of Ethiopians live and catching a glimpse of their way of life is absolutely fascinating. During my two weeks in Ethiopia as a fellow with the International Reporting Project, my favorite times were when we were...

  • Ethiopia’s Key to Safer Births? Better Roads

    From the booming capital of Addis Ababa to Ethiopia’s remotest border regions, excavators are busy scraping earth, making way for roads that will finally connect the far reaches of this largely rural country. Ergedu Mitiku rocks her seven-week-old son in her home in Mosebo, a village in Ethiopia's Amhara Region on June 19. 2014. There...

  • Think L.A. Is Bad? Take a Drive Through Traffic-Clogged Lagos

    Robert Siegel: For another kind of gridlock, we turn now to Nigeria. The city of Lagos is on the fast track to being the most populous in Africa, but the city is often stuck in traffic. Buses, taxis and overloaded trucks are held hostage to a road network that hasn't been updated in decades. The locals call them go-slows....

  • The Economics of Agriculture in Tanzania

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  • One Man’s Anger: When the Global Water Crisis Hits Home

    When I was in Zambia in July reporting on infectious diseases, something happened one day while visiting the N’Gombe compound in Lusaka that really made me think critically about the global water problem and how extensive and intricate it really is. While we sat inside the small, tidy home of a family that was affected...