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Global Observer

Foreign dispatches from correspondents around the world.

finance

Who's meeting the needs of unbanked Africans? Hint: not banks

Business is booming in Kenya's feature phone mobile sector, enabling companies to reach the 80% of adult Africans who do not use financial services.

design

‚ÄčIn Melbourne, jewelry that could improve health or even save lives

MELBOURNE -- When people don't want to wear a hearing aid or forget to take their insulin, the costs are high. A designer comes up with a creative solution.

environment

Can the world's most polluting country become an ecotourism pioneer?

The shoots of sustainable travel are emerging in one of the most unlikely of places: China.