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A monthly blog about innovative projects in the developing world presented by Canadian Geographic and Canada’s International Development Research Centre

Photo: Dr. Tejendra Chapagain, University of Guelph
Photo: Dr. Tejendra Chapagain, University of Guelph
Life as a farmer on the terraced plots of land in Central Nepal isn’t easy, but the introduction of new agricultural practices and a few cheap, simple tools could be a boon for the men and women who work the region’s soil  
Photo: Óscar Gómez, Communications Executive (FUSADES)
Riding a public bus in the Central American country can be a treacherous and even deadly experience. But a local think tank is using its newfound ability to conduct detailed on-the-ground research to help transform a system relied upon by millions.
Photo: IDRC/James Rodriguez
Photo: IDRC/James Rodriguez
How the Prospera Digital e-banking program could put money in the hands of Mexico’s low-income families with just a few taps — and transform their lives in the process
Photo: Richard Siemens
How a Canadian virologist created a breakthrough five-in-one livestock vaccine that could transform the lives of millions in Africa and beyond
Collapse of a garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Photo: Jaber Al Nahian/Wikimedia Commons
Four years after the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory killed more than 1,000 people in Bangladesh, a Dhaka-based think tank continues to push for wholesale changes to one of the country’s most important industries
Long considered pests, insects are now on the menu for farmed fish and poultry in Kenya and Uganda, where scientists are looking for cheaper, healthier ways to boost animal growth and develop the local economy
More than 95 per cent of women in Egypt have experienced sexual harassment at least once, but many citizens there turn a blind eye when it happens. The HarassMap project is aiming to change that attitude at home and abroad, empowering women and changing the attitudes of men in the process. 
Photo: Iván Reátegui Ismodes
How the Wawared project is using technology to collect and share health data that will improve the lives of women and, perhaps eventually, everyone in the nation
Photo: Riley Stewart/Munk School of Global Affairs
Ron Deibert, the director of Citizen Lab, the University of Toronto’s vaunted digital watchdog, explains the importance of the Cyber Stewards Network project, which supports building cybersecurity in places such as Asia, Africa and Latin America
Photo: Appeaning-Addo et al. 2015
In Ghana’s Volta River delta, the remotely-operated aerial vehicles are going where researchers can’t to help study coastal erosion, flooding and migration
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