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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

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A woman in Bhubaneswar’s Mahavir Nagar slum wipes cold water over her face in an effort to cool off after coming out of her home on a day when the temperature reached 42.5 C, prompting a heat wave alert in the Eastern Indian city. (Photo: Rohit Magotra/IRADe)

Photo: Rohit Magotra/IRADe
Cities in South Asia are sizzling, with low-income residents bearing the brunt of urban heat stress. But researchers are finding ways to help them adapt
Photo: WiLDAF

Three women hold a poster promoting civil marriage during a forum about child marriage with traditional and religious leaders in Sokode, Togo. (Photo: WiLDAF)

Photo: WiLDAF
How young girls in West Africa are helping themselves (and their communities) by changing cultural perspectives on childhood marriage
Photo: IDRC

Yassine Taha holds a brick that was produced in his lab using coal mining waste from the Moroccan city of Jerada. (Photo: IDRC)

Photo: IDRC
How scientists in Morocco hope to turn huge slag piles of coal mining waste into bricks and transform the city of Jerada in the process
Photo: Pardee Lab, University of Toronto

Darius Rackus, a member of Keith Pardee’s lab at the University of Toronto, assembles portable diagnostic equipment that will be used to test for Zika and other diseases in South America. (Photo: Pardee Lab, University of Toronto)

Photo: Pardee Lab, University of Toronto
Latin America and Canadian scientists are working on a portable diagnostic technology that could be a game-changer in the battle against diseases such as Zika
Photo: Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria

Two women share maternal and child health information during a home visit in Bauchi state, Nigeria. (Photo: Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria)

Photo: Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria
How soap-opera-style videos are helping educate couples in northern Nigeria about maternal and child health
Photo: Bjarki Hallgrimsson

Locals from Uganda’s Kasese District show off a new hand-pedalled tricycle that converts into a wheelchair. (Photo: Bjarki Hallgrimsson)

Photo: Bjarki Hallgrimsson
Opportunities once beyond the grasp of Ugandans with disabilities are now within reach thanks to a specially designed wheelchair
A farmer in India sprays hexanal on mango trees. Hexanal is a naturally-occurring compound that’s being used to prevent fruit crops in India from spoiling. (Photo: Vijay Kutty/IDRC)

A farmer in India sprays hexanal on mango trees. Hexanal is a naturally-occurring compound that’s being used to prevent fruit crops in India from spoiling. (Photo: Vijay Kutty/IDRC)

Photo: Vijay Kutty/IDRC
How a natural compound called hexanal is helping prevent India’s lucrative fruit crops from spoiling
Researchers with the Akiba Mashinani Trust examine a map of Nairobi's Mukuru slum. In August 2017, activists succeeded in having the settlement designated as a special planning area, the first step in a process that could help transform the slum and the lives of its 300,000 residents.

Researchers with the Akiba Mashinani Trust examine a map of Nairobi's Mukuru slum. In August 2017, activists succeeded in having the settlement designated as a special planning area, the first step in a process that could help transform the slum and the lives of its 300,000 residents. (Photo: Akiba Mashinani Trust)

(Photo: Akiba Mashinani Trust)
How a new designation could transform the Nairobi slum and help end the “poverty penalty” its residents face
Jemimah Njuki, a food-security expert with IDRC

Jemimah Njuki, a food-security expert with IDRC, believes that greater involvement for African women in food-security and agriculture research can benefit the whole continent.

Food-security expert Jemimah Njuki explains why women are poised to take a leading role in Africa’s agriculture industry
Women study at L’École Supérieure d’Infotronique d’Haiti. The school is one of the partners of the AYITIC program, which is helping train Haitian women to take part in the digital economy.

Women study at L’École Supérieure d’Infotronique d’Haiti. The school is one of the partners of the AYITIC program, which is helping train Haitian women to take part in the digital economy. (Photo: Jairo Abud)

Photo: Jairo Abud
In the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake, online opportunities are arising that could help resurrect the Caribbean nation
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