Selingue, Mali, 25th April 2015. Photo by Mike Goldwater

About us

Our mission is to build a fairer, more sustainable world, using evidence, action and influence in partnership with others

IIED is a policy and action research organisation. We promote sustainable development to improve livelihoods and protect the environments on which these livelihoods are built. We specialise in linking local priorities to global challenges. IIED is based in London and works in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific, with some of the world’s most vulnerable people. We work with them to strengthen their voice in the decision-making arenas that affect them — from village councils to international conventions.

Our strategy

Our strategy

From 2014 to 2019 our core areas of research will enrich four high-profile change initiatives that aim to shift policy and practice towards more equitable and sustainable development.


We are a team of 114 people from a wide range of countries and backgrounds


We are often on the lookout for people with a passion for our mission

Board of trustees

Our board is presently made up of 12 representatives from nine countries around the world


Our leaders ensure we meet our strategy and key organisational objectives

Contact us

Questions or comments? Send us a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can

Media centre

This section of our site is designed for journalists, broadcasters and other members of the media

How we communicate

Our Communications Group has three key objectives

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