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Lushoto, Tanzania: Farmers are being encouraged to diversify into agroforestry. Here a tree nursery group discusses the challenges and opportunities (Photo: P Kimeli/CCAFS)

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A UN working group has drafted targets to succeed the Millennium Development Goals, which will expire next year. IIED's assessment finds a strong set of targets, but also trade-offs and missing issues
Animals gather in the shade of a rusting ship near the Aral Sea (Photo: Mark Pitcher)

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A major recent government restructure could present obstacles as well as opportunities for Kazakhstan's transition to a green economy
Care workers in Guinea put on protective clothing (Photo: EC/ECHO)

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The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is launching an unprecedented appeal in response to the Ebola crisis, but what lessons must we learn if we are to effectively and equitably tackle future shocks of this scale?
Camilla Toulmin has led IIED sinc.e 2004

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IIED director Camilla Toulmin writes about her decision to step down after ten years, and outlines how the institute will search for her successor
An ecosan toilet in Mtandire settlement (Photo: Slum/Shack Dwellers International)

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Achieving universal sanitation is a major challenge. A joint delegation from Malawi came to World Water Week in Stockholm to share their work on sanitation in the city of Blantyre
Informal settlements such as this one in Durban, South Africa, are adversely affected by climate-related impacts (Photo: David Dodman)

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Highlighting and assessing the urban impacts of climate change can help cities find a more consistent, multi-level approach to climate adaptation
Images such as this of a culvert constructed to allow villagers to cross the River Mahenya in Kenya, but which proves insufficient at times of extreme rainfall, are often used to tell the story of climate change in Africa. But Fatima Denton will challenge that narrative in her Barbara Ward Lecture (Photo: Robin Wyatt, http://www.robinwyatt.org/photography/)

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Climate expert Fatima Denton from the Economic Commission for Africa will say it's time for more optimism on Africa and climate change at an IIED lecture to celebrate Barbara Ward's birthday
A farmer's house and sugar cane field in Cambodia, where there is concern about large-scale investment in sugar plantations driving local people off the land (Photo: Brian Hoffman, via Creative Commons)

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If foreign investment is to promote inclusive sustainable development, investment policy must take human rights seriously
A farmer near Bagré dam in Burkina Faso dries paddy rice (Photo: Barbara Adolph/IIED)

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To mark World Food Day, IIED, ODI and IDS have launched the first seven of 12 new papers addressing agricultural and rural development debates in sub-Saharan Africa.
A Subanen harvest dance during a colourful street dancing competition of Kinabayo Festival. Community action by the Subanen tribe in Midsalip prevents mining companies from encroaching their land (Photo: Mark Navales/Google Licence)

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Paralegal schemes build citizen power by helping communities develop the knowledge and capacity they need to speak up for themselves. A recent IIED webinar explored how such schemes can best be supported to make a long-term difference

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