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New construction sites for housing have been prepared by the government on the hillside above Nhon Hai, but the compensation isn't enough to let people move (Photo: David Dodman/IIED)

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How can urban development that reduces risk and boosts low-income residents' standard of living be supported? And how can community-led processes reduce poverty and build resilience? IIED staff and partners from Vietnam grappled with such questions last week in a workshop in Quy Nhon.
Urban-rural linkages have been 'beefed up' in the latest draft of the UN's Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals

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​The OWG's 'zero draft' on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a marked improvement on previous versions, but we still have a long journey ahead
The Multidimensional Poverty Index only has one indicator to assess housing quality – whether floors are made of dirt, sand or dung. So these houses in Manila would not be classified as sub-standard (Photo: Mark Edwards/IIED)

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Yet another global study has understated the scale and depth of urban poverty, by failing to appreciate the differences between rural and urban contexts
While one of the objectives of the 2014 World Day to Combat Desertification is to strengthen the visibility of the drylands on the international environmental agenda, much more is needed (Photo: Marie Monimart)

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Understanding and collaboration on the drylands teaches us much about adapting to climate change
Community reblocking to improve settlement design and the quality of the neighbourhood in Namibia (Photo: Diana Mitlin/IIED)

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Around a quarter of Namibians live in informal urban neighbourhoods; they live without secure tenure and without adequate access to services. So how has the country gained its reputation for progressive state action on housing?
People need at least US$50 to survive for a month in Hanoi. This is twice the official urban poverty line (Photo via Commons Wikimedia/Google licence)

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Research in several countries shows how governments and development agencies undercount the scale and depth of urban poverty
Fishermen along the Meghna Rover (Photo: Essam Mohammed/IIED)

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When Essam Yassin Mohammed asked a former fisherman in Bangladesh how to protect a fish that feeds millions of people, he learnt about four overlooked factors that intensify threats to the species
LDCs can use the example of Brazil, which has achieved a drastic fall in emissions thanks to avoided deforestation, to see what is possible despite limited economic capacity. Pictured is deforestation for the use of clay in Rio de Janeiro (Photo via Wikipedia Commons)

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The Gambia's Special Climate Envoy identifies four themes for action on climate change in the UN negotiations and beyond
At the start of June, US President Barack Obama made a major declaration on limiting emissions of carbon dioxide by a third from coal-fired power plants (Photo: Google licence)

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President Obama's declaration on limiting emissions of carbon dioxide by a third from coal-fired power plants in the US marks the tipping point in US engagement in tackling climate change

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