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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: IDRC/James Rodriguez

Teresa de Jesus Palacios, 42, a beneficiary of Mexico’s Prospera project, checks her mobile phone on her porch in Tres Picos in the state of Chiapas. A new branch of the project, called Prospera Digital, aims to make Prospera benefit payments to women such as de Jesus Palacios more efficient by using mobile e-banking. (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

Lorne Babiuk at the University of Alberta, where he developed a five-in-one livestock vaccine that could improve the lives of millions across Africa and beyond. (Photo: Richard Siemens)

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

The collapse of a garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 24, 2013, killed more than 1,130 people and prompted an ongoing reevaluation of one of the country's most important industries. (Photo: Jaber Al Nahian/Wikimedia Commons)

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

Adult black soldier flies on a plant at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology in Nairobi, Kenya. Scientists at the facility are studying how to use insects such as the black soldier fly in fish and poultry feed. (Photo: Courtesy of ICIPE)

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

HarassMap's map of Cairo shows the location and type of incidents that women in the city have reported to the organization, which is working to change attitudes about sexual harassment. (Photo: Courtesy of HarassMap) 

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. 

Women in Ventanilla, Peru, connect with life-saving information on their phones, thanks to a better system for collecting and sharing maternal health information. (Photo: Iván Reátegui Ismodes)

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

Ron Deibert, director of the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, which runs the Cyber Stewards Network. The network works to combat digital threats in Africa, Latin America, developing Asian nations and the Middle East. (Photo: Riley Stewart/Munk School of Global Affairs)

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

Waves wash ashore at Fuvemeh, a town in Ghana’s Volta River delta that’s threatened by coastal erosion and flooding. (Photo: Appeaning-Addo et al. 2015)

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

A man peers through a hole in a wall that separates Tijuana, Mexico, from the United States. Throughout Latin America, border cities such as Tijuana are often dangerous places where illegal activity, such as drug trafficking and the violence that can accompany it, creates havoc for residents. (Photo: Alfonso Caraveo/Archivo Colef)

Photo: Alfonso Caraveo/Archivo Colef
Illegal trading and the violence that can accompany it is a scourge along Latin America’s borders, but researchers from across the region are working together to find ways to combat the problem

Buddhist nuns in Myanmar take and examine pictures of each other in 2015. Myanmar has rapidly become digitally connected to the rest of Asia and world in the last few years. In 2013, about 10 per cent of the population had phones; today, 90 per cent do. (Photo: Courtesy of LirneAsia)

Photo: Courtesy of LirneAsia
After years of falling behind the rest of Asia in information and communications technology, Myanmar is quickly catching up
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