• 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)

In Latin America, border violence spawned by illegal trade hinders local development and integration between countries. But as Brian Owens reports, researchers there are working to prevent, and eventually dismantle, such illicit activity. Part of an ongoing series of stories about innovative projects in the developing world, a partnership between the International Development Research Centre and Canadian Geographic.

Visit the Charting Change website to read Building better borders in Latin America.