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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: Aldi Diassé

Nnenna Nwakanma (right) and a colleague outside the home of a woman named Fifa (middle) in Dakar, Senegal, in 2018. Fifa, a former associate mayor in Dakar and an advocate for people with disabilities, collaborated in the process that led to Senegal qualifying for the Open Government Partnership. (Photo: Aldi Diassé)

Photo: Aldi Diassé
Three experts discuss the role of women in making governments more inclusive, responsive and accountable
Photo: IDRC

Sheep are among the millions of livestock around the world that are affected by such diseases as PPR and Rift Valley fever, both of which could be combatted by a new combination vaccine developed in Morocco. (Photo: IDRC)

Photo: IDRC
How a made-in-Africa vaccine could combat multiple deadly livestock diseases at the same time
Photo: Katherine Jaschewski

Women rehearse a play called Svayich Antsetik (Women’s Dream) in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, in 2017. (Photo: Katherine Jaschewski)

Photo: Katherine Jaschewski
How theatre is helping Central American women cope with the perils of migrating to the United States
Photo: LIRNEasia

Sriganesh Lokanathan (right) and Yashothata Shanmugarajah discuss insights on economic activity as inferred from the analyses of big data from mobile networks in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Photo: LIRNEasia)

Photo: LIRNEasia
How information gleaned from mobile networks could help developing countries meet sustainability goals
Photo: IDRC/Bartay

A woman checks the health of a flowering potato field in El Socorro, Colombia, where a Canadian International Food Security Research Fund project helped develop new varieties of healthier yellow potatoes. (Photo: IDRC/Bartay)

Five ways the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund transformed lives
Photo: Courtesy of Chika Ezeanya-Esiobu

Chika Ezeanya-Esiobu (second from left) and her colleague Vedaste Ndungutse (far right) sample banana wine with locals in Musanze, Rwanda, in 2016. Rural women in Rwanda are now producing such beverages using long-neglected Indigenous knowledge. (Photo: Courtesy of Chika Ezeanya-Esiobu)

How the return of Indigenous knowledge could help change how the continent farms
Photo: Rohit Magotra/IRADe

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
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