Tame the Waters

Frédérick Lavoie is an independent journalist and an author from Quebec. Since 2008, he has lived and worked in Moscow, Mumbai and Chicago. He wrote two narratives published by La Peuplade: Allers simples: aventures journalistiques en Post-Soviétie (2012) (One-way ticket: journalistic adventures in post-soviet states) and Ukraine à fragmentation (2015) (Fragmented Ukraine).

Read the article: Dompter les eaux au Bangladesh


For his project Dompter les eaux (Tame the Waters), he will travel to rural and urban parts of Bangladesh in order to understand issues linked to water management and their impact on the lives of Bangladeshis. Through water – a resource at times lacking, at times too plentiful, too salty, contaminated or carrying diseases – he hopes to enable the Canadian public to understand the interconnection among the various development challenges faced by countries like Bangladesh.

Because of its geographic, demographic, political and socioeconomic conditions, Bangladesh has to deal with a variety of major global challenges: climate change, migration, natural disasters, access to resources, food security, religious extremism, women’s rights, education, and epidemics. The issues affecting Bangladesh today will likely affect the rest of the world during the decades to come, hence the importance of understanding the current situation in that country.

Fellowship for International Development Reporting

The Fellowship for International Development Reporting encouraged journalists to push the boundaries of daily foreign coverage – which is often focused on disaster or crisis – and set new standards for reporting on the developing world. Fellowship recipients were provided with $25,000 to undertake a substantial reporting project which helps Canadians develop a greater understanding of the complex issues facing the developing world.

The Fellowship has two objectives: to encourage ambitious foreign reporting during an era of tighter news budgets; and, to foster a community of Canadian journalists who share an interest in reporting original topics from the developing world.

The Fellowship for International Development Reporting was a joint initiative of the Canadian Association of Journalists(CAJ) and Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC).