Improving lives

Improving Lives


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.

Chicken as an Innovation

Can a chicken be a first step towards food security? This project used poultry farming to address the malnutrition that plagues the Chortí people of Guatemala, generating a sustainable source of food, income and community learning.

The Brazilian Entrepreneur Who Built a Startup From Ashes

This scientific endeavor used nanotechnology to turn ashes into a source of innovative and sustainable products.


What if you could start saving from your cell phone? Combining digital technology and behavioral economics, this experiment opens a novel avenue for workers to plan for the future.