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Iran’s tech ecosystem struggles to catch up to Persian diaspora startups

A casualty of emigration out of Iran, or brain drain?

Panos Network provides a new lens for international development

It’s past time to reject the notion of an economically prosperous, technically advanced “North” and a technologically backward, politically naïve and ill-informed “South”

A Vancouver doctor brings a cure for clubfoot to children in Uganda

Ugandan paramedicals are trained by the Uganda Sustainable Clubfoot Care project to apply an economically and socially feasible treatment to a crippling birth defect. Photo: USCCP

Global health through the diaspora lens

Regional maps depicting some of the places Vancouver diasporas identify with. Photo: Franciska Hidayat

Vancouver's diasporas share development stories

On January 19, 2011, members of Vancouver's diaspora and development communities came together to exchange stories and ideas.

Grumble at the Roundhouse

Last night the employees of the Edgewater Casino marched on Yaletown.

My Canadian experience inspires my development work in Sri Lanka

A Sri Lankan immigrant to Canada writes about the experience of promoting development in her country of origin.

What is Poverty?

‘Being poor’ surely means ‘not having enough’, or ‘being deprived’? But not having enough of, or being deprived of what?

Vancouver's diasporas promote development around the world

Members of the diaspora in Vancouver are shaping development projects - from the medical to the educational.

Starting the conversation

Members of the diaspora engage their communities, here in Vancouver and around the world, to facilitate change in their places of origin in a variety of ways.