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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

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

Restaurants and cafés line the banks of the Ourika River in Morocco in spring and summer (left), but when flooding occurs, the river’s flow can be much more powerful and dangerous, damaging homes, businesses and infrastructure. The GIREPSE project is teaching locals to adapt to such changes, many of which are climate-change related. (Photos: Courtesy of GIREPSE)

Photos: Courtesy of GIREPSE
How one project is helping a part of the North African country innovate to weather the effects of a changing climate

An employee at a print shop in Peru carries a stack of paper on his head. By recycling and using new printing techniques, the shop is seeking to reduce its environmental impact — something other small and medium-sized businesses across South America are learning more about as they begin to play a key role in sustainability in the region. (Photo: Courtesy of CENIT)

Photo: Courtesy of CENIT
A look at how small and medium-sized businesses on the continent are starting to play a bigger role in environmental sustainability
A member of the Mahila Samakhya program outside her home.

A member of the Mahila Samakhya program outside her home in Sangur Panchayat, Karnataka. Women who joined the program are helping India’s Centre for Budget and Policy Studies evaluate its effectiveness. (Photo: Courtesy of the Institute for Financial Management and Research LEAD)

A member of the Mahila Samakhya program outside her home.
How evaluating an educational program that helps women in India empower themselves could help ensure its future
A Bolivian fisherman on a tributary of the Amazon River
A Bolivian fisherman on a tributary of the Amazon River paddles back to shore with his catch of paiche. (Photo: Fernando M. Carvajal-Vallejos)
Photo: Fernando M. Carvajal-Vallejos
Exploring ways to get fish on the table in Bolivia
Students from the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences outside the organization's building in Cape Town, South Africa
Students from the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences outside the organization's building in Cape Town, South Africa. The institute is a pan-African network of centres of excellence for postgraduate education, research and outreach in mathematical sciences, with locations in Senegal, Tanzania, Cameroon and Ghana. (Photo: AIMS/Yasmin Hankel) (Photo: Yasmin Hankel)
Photo: Yasmin Hankel
How the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences is helping shape the continent's future
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