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ON AIR: a local farmer joins a broadcaster in the studio of KRC.FM (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

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An innovative partner project in rural Uganda is using dialogue via radio and SMS messages to help farmers solve problems
Jakarta: migrants from rural villages sleeping in an area that they rent for Rp 1.000,- (10 cents Euro) per night per person. There can be more than 50 people living and sleeping in this area at one time (Photo: Henry Ismail, Creative Commons via Flickr)

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There is growing concern that rural migrants transfer poverty to urban areas, but excluding them is not the solution. Ensuring full citizenship rights to all groups and proactive planning for urban growth are more effective ways to reduce disadvantage and poverty
A community planning workshop in Cambodia (Photo: Diana Mitlin/IIED)

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Community involvement in improving housing for low income families in Asian cities is changing approaches to funding – and delivering impressive results as well
Ruth Nguli looks at her crop of heat and drought-tolerant beans in Makueni County, Kenya. Developing and sharing climate-smart farming techniques can help communities adapt to climate changes (Photo: Cecilia Schubert/CCAFS, Creative Commons via Flickr)

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How do we effectively measure and enhance adaptation? Saleemul Huq looks at possible answers which will be discussed at the 9th International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA9)
Tanzania: participatory training events for small-scale farmers can introduce the concept of climate change and help farmers identify which crops could work well in their area (Photo: Cecilia Schubert/CCAFS)

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Supporting government engagement with communities in Tanzania has identified three key ways in which the government can improve climate resilient planning
The Zimbabwe Homeless People’s Federation secures houses, sanitation and land rights for members. Communication and participation are central to the way it works (Photo: Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI), Creative Commons via Flickr)

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IIED is keen to open up dialogue across the mining sector, including the voices of the marginalised. Here, Liz Carlile explores the importance of having a voice
IIED researchers in Uganda: "IIED works with small and medium sized enterprise (SMEs), municipal governments, pastoral communities, representatives of urban poor federations, smallholder farming groups, and other poorly represented interests" (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

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IIED's outgoing director Camilla Toulmin looks back on how the organisation has grown and evolved over the last 12 years
The lives of Vasanthi and Gopal have been transformed by the low-cost toilet provided as part of the Karnataka Urban Development and Coastal Environmental Management Project (Photo: Asian Development Bank, Creative Commons via Flickr)

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Drawing on a recently published paper in 'World Development', Gordon McGranahan considers why, given we seem to have the know-how, there are still so many people in cities without decent sanitation
Local logging bosses ('patrons') attend a training session on business organisation and forest management in the remote miombo forest near Caia in Central Mozambique (Photo: Duncan Macqueen/IIED)

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Conscious that speaking at a training event for Mozambican Simple License loggers required some theatrical flourish to hold attention in the sub-tropical heat, Duncan Macqueen took to the stage
A small mining operation near Garies in the Western Cape, South Africa (Photo: jbdodane, Creative Commons via Flickr)

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Exploration firms and junior mining companies are often the first point of contact with artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM), and as such, they have an important voice and role to play

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