Improving lives

Improving Lives


Vanessa Camacho decided to return to her hometown in the Bolivian department of Beni to open her business with the arrival of electricity. The lack of power in rural areas was a limitation for women to have a source of income.

Bilingues e interculturales

How Indigenous students in Panama improved their math skills while learning a second language

Imagine your first day of school. You feel nervous and uncertain. Will I make friends? Will I miss my parents? Your friendly new teacher greets you, but you don't understand her.

Amy Palma

When a teacher's exposure to an online course becomes the steppingstone to a country’s first certification program for the creative economy.


In 2016, Verónica Berestovoy was a senior studying environmental engineering at the National University of Itapúa, in the Paraguayan heartland, when a tweet stopped her in her tracks. Little did she know that this tweet would launch her on a fascinating knowledge journey.

Innovating to eliminate violence against women

The Violencia Cero (Zero Violence) project brought together more than 200 teams from 14 countries to create solutions against gender-based violence. Three winning projects combine technological innovation and creative entrepreneurship to improve access to justice and safe spaces for those who need it most.

Mother and daughter in front of a sanitation facility in a rural community

Ecological waste management systems have improved the lives of more than 5,000 families in Bolivia, who now have sanitation services appropriate to their geographic and cultural context.


An initiative designed to spark innovation and economic diversification in Suriname is bringing more women into technology careers and inspiring a generation.

A training program at a correctional facility in The Bahamas adapts to overcome the constraints imposed by COVID-19, supporting inmates in their future reintegration into society.



In Curitiba, in southern Brazil, an ambitious project to improve urban mobility centers on gender perspective and the inclusion of people with disabilities to revamp public transportation for all.