If you ask the average bystander to name the most trafficked mammal in the world, you’ll likely hear them answer “elephant” or “rhino.” Many people have never even heard of a pangolin, as they are not widely known outside of Africa and Asia. Yet, these small, scale-covered anteaters are trafficked more than any other mammals, due to soaring demand for their meat and the use of their scales in traditional medicines.
In the era of “big data,” it can feel as though there is a persistent search for some previously untapped wealth of naturally occurring information that will replace the sometimes-expensive surveys.
Resilience is a sticky and often misunderstood term because at the simplest of definitions, resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from misfortune or change. Theoretically, any group that easily anticipates, adapts, and addresses potential challenges is heading in the right direction.
For the international development community, resilience is much more than that. Resilience is often about survival; in other words:
Recently, the All of Us program announced the launch of its Fitbit Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) project. Funded through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), All of Us is a key element of the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) launched in 2016 and seeks to build a voluntary, national research participant group of one million individuals.
In the year 2000, more than half of Indonesia’s land area was covered by some of the world’s most biologically diverse forests. Nearly 20 years later, many of these forests have been lost—causing severe, far-reaching environmental impacts that include loss of biodiversity, contamination of air and water, and emissions of climate-changing greenhouse gases.
Twenty-six-year-old Egidie Twizeyeyezu graduated from the University of Rwanda in 2015 with a degree in economics and entrepreneurship. Since then, she has been unable to find a job. Instead, she’s resorted to selling second-hand clothes in the streets of Kigali, working all day to earn approximately 2,000 Rwandan francs (US$2.30). While some work was better than no work, street vending was not a long-term employment solution for Twizeyeyezu. “The business of selling any commodity on the streets was very risky, as the government restricts it,” she says.
“Both my son and I have been victimized by this broken [addiction treatment] system. I have entrusted professionals with my son’s health and have rarely felt that he received effective care. It seems to be a business fraught with greed, false hope and ridiculous fees that play on parents' worst fears and anxiety.”