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A market takes place in the village of Tiogo next to the Tiogo Forest in Burkina Faso. With much of the food and hand crafts on sale from the forest, the community is dependent on the conservation of the forest to maintain their livelihoods (Photo: CIF Action, Creative Commons, via Flickr)
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Conservation at a crossroads: Phil Franks explains why conservation must take fairness more seriously
Nearly 80 per cent of Dar es Salaam's residents live in informal settlements, and less than 10 per cent of the city has sewer access (Photo: Anna Walnycki/IIED)
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World Water Week is an important opportunity to tackle the gap between global ambitions to achieve fair access to water and sanitation – and realities on the ground
Learning route participants interact with local communities in Isiolo, Kenya (Photo: Timothy Mwaura/CGIAR)
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Approaches developed in Mali, Senegal, Kenya and Tanzania offer insights for building resilience in areas facing risks of climate change, disasters and conflict
A family at the border crossing between Serbia and Croatia. Some 650,000 migrants and refugees travelled through Croatia between September 2015 and January 2016 (Photo: Meabh Smith/Trócaire, Creative Commons via Flickr)
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How do local authorities and humanitarian agencies collaborate when refugees are in transit? An IIED-supported research project is looking at the transit refugee response in Croatia
Getting water from a tanker in Vijinapura, India. Partnerships between local government and slum/shack dweller organisations can help deliver urban development goals (Photo: cstepin, Creative Commons via Flickr)
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International agencies must support local processes if we are to achieve ambitious global goals – so benefits reach urban communities on the ground whose needs these goals are set up to meet
A family in Tarialan, Uvs Province, Mongolia, uses a solar panel to generate power for their ger, a traditional Mongolian tent (Photo: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe, Creative Commons, via Flickr)
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From wetland protection in South Africa to scrapping fossil fuel subsidies in Indonesia, the best climate policies are pro-poor
What's the use of being an expert if no one listens to you? (Photo: Chris Pirillo, Creative Commons, via Flickr)
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"Experts" are no longer listened to apparently – but if we tell a good story, and engage our audience, maybe they will want to hear what we say
Washing in Kolkata. Urban poor groups must engage with city government and utility companies in order to become drivers for change (Photo: Wolfgang Sterneck, Creative Commons via Flickr)
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Is it possible for global funds to be accountable to local communities – especially those whose needs the funds should address?
Coming in for lunch in the rice fields near Inle Lake, Myanmar. Online databases can provide verified data on land conflicts and help resolve disputes and improve governance (Eric Brochu, Creative Commons via Flickr)
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Online databases are proving a useful tool for communities facing large-scale agricultural investments and associated conflicts, as a recent IIED webinar discovered
Forest landscape in northern Costa Rica. Natural capital accounting has shown the value of Costa Rica's forests and forest products (Photo: keltikee, Creative Commons via Flickr)
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How to engage a policy audience in an approach they are not familiar with – what we've learnt from our work with WAVES

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