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In the absence of electricity, students in Bangladesh are given charger lights so they can study at home (Photo: G.M.B. Akash/PANOS)

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In late February, discussions over the post-2015 development agenda reached a milestone. The co-Chairs of the Open Working Group (OWG), the body tasked with preparing a Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) proposal for consideration by the UN General Assembly in September 2014, issued a "Focus Areas Document".
An excerpt from the Challenging the constitutionality of adverse laws: Success stories from Indonesia webinar

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How is it possible to challenge laws that promote investment but adversely affect the rights of local communities? Two legal empowerment practitioners from peasants' rights and indigenous peoples organisations in Indonesia recently shared their experiences during IIED's first Legal Tools webinar.
We have in the past few years made progress on the theories and understanding of social learning approaches. But more research and real-life case studies are needed (Photo: Z Sewunet (ILRI)

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Social learning has been identified as an approach that has the potential to improve the quality of stakeholder participation in and uptake of research
This week in Myanmar, pictured, the Forest Farm Facility is funding a national exchange between forest and farm producer groups and many other producer groups (Photo: Duncan Macqueen/IIED)

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Improving the participation of rural people has been in vogue for years, often with limited success. Here's one scheme that lives up to the hype by involving forest and farm producers on their own terms
Earth from space

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"In Our World" relates to IIED's world of environment and development. It connects us with what's going on in both the real world and online worlds
A goal worth scoring: Lessons from winning football teams can improve the supply chains of commodities that drive deforestation. Credit: Cusia-Inc

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Teamwork, competition and game-changers are all needed to transform the commodity chains that drive deforestation.
Somali and Boran pastoralists came together to discuss ways to share water resources at a meeting this month. (Credit: James Pattison)

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A meeting between two pastoralist groups has reduced tensions over grazing land and could lead to a cross-county platform for negotiating access to resources during droughts
Early start: A cow being milked at first light in the village of Kimokouwa (credit: Toby Mitchell)

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Tanzanian meteorologists and traditional weather forecasters in pastoralist communities are working together to develop a unified system of climate information.
Left: Women and schoolgirls discuss the benefits of harvesting rainwater (Credit: ISET). Right: A girl collects water from the rainwater storage tank (Credit: Fawad Khan)

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Assessing how development interventions can help people cope with climate variability will help us prepare better measures for the effects of future climate change, say Simon Anderson and Fawad Khan
The Ewaso Ng'iro River, in Isiolo County's Shaba National Reserve, Kenya where pilot projects to support adaptation 'may not yet be perfect, but have the right idea'. (Photo: Ninara via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

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Proponents of community-based adaptation to climate change need to put communities in the driving seat, says Anju Sharma

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