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A woman carries a Nile perch landed at Got Kachola, Kenya, where the NGO Renewable World is establishing community-run energy hubs for fish chilling and other local energy needs (Photo: Sarah Best/IIED)
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There has been remarkable advances in energy access for rural households. But building the wider economy requires energy services that power new jobs and enterprises
Local farm foresters near Kumasi, Ghana. Evidence suggests that locally controlled forests are generally better for the forest and people than either protected areas or large-scale industrial business models (Photo: WWF)
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Smallholder farmers who live in and around tropical forests are critical to protecting forest landscapes
Women from a mining community talk with Amina Tahiru, a member of the Learning and Leadership Group (Photo: Gabriella Flores)
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This photo gallery documents the lively conversations about the future of Ghana's artisinal and small-scale mining sector at an "action dialogue" organised by IIED and partners
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

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