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A hilsa, the national fish of Bangladesh. Inadequate government compensation during periods when fishing is banned has a harsh economic consequence for families (Photo: BBC World Service Bangladesh Boat, Creative Common, via Flickr)
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Compensation supports fisher families during a ban on hilsa fishing in Bangladesh – but a visit to a family in Govinda exposes the harsh realities of income loss
Like many East African cities, Rwanda's capital Kigali faces the challenges of rapid growth and insufficient infrastructure (Photo: Kigali Wire, Creative Commons via Flickr)
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City governments in East Africa are grappling with rapid urbanisation and widespread poverty. Pursuing low-carbon urban development could offer a many of benefits
South Africa President Jacob Zuma speaks to China counterpart Xi Jinping at the FOCAC summit in Sandton, Johannesburg in 2015. China is increasingly influential in Africa (Photo: GCIS/GovernmentZA, Creative Commons, via Flickr)
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Can Chinese business engagement ensure sustainability and benefit the poor? Our research suggests complex factors shape their operations – of which Chinese policies play only a minor role
Early morning in Dogo, West Java, Indonesia: getting low-cost furniture ready for selling on the street corner (Photo: Ikhlasul Amal, Creative Commons via Flickr)
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What does it mean to 'formalise' the informal sector? Discussions at an informality event with our partners revealed some of the barriers to successful formalisation and examples of what works
A women's group in Kenya scores social impacts of protected areas using a participatory rural appraisal method (Photo: Phil Franks/IIED)
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What's fair when it comes to conservation? Phil Franks explains how a new research tool is providing some insights
A woman farming in Tanzania. Efforts are being made to ensure women are less negatively affected by decisions on large-scale agricultural investments than men (Photo: Dirk Musschoot/vredeseilanden, Creative Commons via Flickr)
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Large-scale agricultural investments impact upon men and women in different ways, yet women's voices and interests are not always heard in decisions about land. An IIED webinar examined how this could be changed
Women harvesting vegetables in Shanggula village, Guangxi province, China, can share lessons on sustainable farming with the rest of the world (Photo: Simon Lim)
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A growing trend towards sustainable food offers hope for addressing environmental, social and food safety concerns associated with China's food system
Water kiosks in Zambia provide safe drinking water for poor households in peri urban areas of Chipata. Careful consideration of the affordability of water services for the urban poor is vital to provide universal and equitable access to safe and affordable water for everyone by 2030 (Photo: SuSanA Secretariat, Creative Commons, via Flickr)
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On World Water Day, a new briefing shows that the urban poor are missing out on the benefits of 'improved' water services because the costs are too high
Women in Ahmedabad, India, collect rubbish from 6,656 households that make up the slum area of Juna Vadaj, illustrating the energy and innovation that informal economies can bring to the sustainable development agenda (Photo: Pritpal Randhawa for STEPs)
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A workshop organised by research funders highlighted how innovative solutions must be found for the 'wicked' problems we face today
Chris at his roadside food stall. His day starts at 4pm and lasts until 10pm (Photo: Sven Torfinn/Panos. Pictures for IIED and Hivos)
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Photos exhibited at a recent conference on informal economies and green growth show people working in the informal sector in eight countries

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