Law enforcement officers from 28 countries just announced the completion of a ground-breaking, global operation to combat wildlife poaching and trafficking, code named “Operation Cobra II.” The month-long operation and capacity building activity promoted cross-border law enforcement cooperation and is drawing praise from the conservation community for its impressive results, including more than 400 arrests of wildlife criminals and 350 major wildlife seizures across Africa and Asia.
Fishing communities and vendors in the Solomon Islands are using mobile phone technology to develop a real-time database to manage their fish stocks as part of a project recently named one of the Grand Prize winners in the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Science and Technology Pioneers Prize contest.
Innovative non-governmental organizations applying cutting-edge technology to reach remote Cambodia voters and to provide Indonesian farmers with seed and harvest offers have won the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Regional Development Mission for Asia Mobile Solutions for Development Award.
We all know science and technology are powerful drivers of social and economic change. Mobile technology is an especially versatile and powerful tool that is changing how we interact with one another, and with our communities, our governments, and the world.
Our USAID Administrator, Dr. Rajiv Shah, has been reorienting USAID to focus more on the transformative power of science, technology, innovation and partnerships (STIP) to improve development outcomes. And here in RDMA we also have our own Teresa Leonardo effectively encouraging us all to do the same, and broadening our horizons.
English Translation of Op-Ed appearing in the Isaan Bizweek, Khon Kaen, Thailand:
Building Community Response for Good
Khon Kaen University’s Center for Civil Society and Non-Profit Management Opens its Doors
By Kristie A. Kenney, U.S. Ambassador to Thailand
Last updated: March 14, 2014