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Waste pickers packing up the recyclable materials, Peru (Photo: Alex Proimos, Creative Commons via Flickr)
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The green economy will benefit from better relations between urban authorities and informal workers and enterprises. Guest blogger Donald Brown examines ways to achieve this
Illustrator Jorge Martin creates a 'living graphic' to chart the conversations on 'tough talk on poverty and climate' at the 2015 Development & Climate Days (Photo: IIED/Matt Wright)
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More than 200 policymakers, scientists and development practitioners urged immediate and bold climate action on the first day of the 2015 Development & Climate Days
Maurice Strong at the High Level Dialogue on Global Sustainability, Rio de Janeiro, June 2012 (Photo: Sergio Greif, Creative  Commons via Flickr)
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Former IIED director David Runnalls recalls influential advocate of Southern voices and board member Maurice Strong, and his vital contribution to the founding of our institute
Physical barriers have been installed around Karachi to protect the city from violent conflict, but their impacts have been publically disruptive and socially divisive (Photo: Noman Ahmed and colleagues)
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Violence in Karachi will not be reduced until more effective and equitable solutions to policing and urban planning are found. Guest blogger Donald Brown examines the ways physical barriers affect space and people.
Algeria unveils its renewable energy strategy; Africa has a "huge appetite for renewable sources of energy that will power its industries" (Photo: Magharebia, Creative Commons, via Flickr)
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IIED trustee Fatima Denton reflects on Africa's position ahead of COP21 and sees a mix of threat and opportunity
Nepalese women carry wood harvested sustainably from a forest. Forests cover nearly half of Nepal (Photo: Bikas Rauniar/Department for International Development, Creative Commons, via Flickr)
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Curbing climate emissions means managing and using existing forests, and land sustainably. An IIED workshop in Paris will look at how the programme to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) can be made more effective, while also supporting local communities
A new map produced by IIED shows seven types of innovative governance. Click on the image to see the map (Image: IIED)
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A new mapping project highlights the importance of local action in delivering global change
A proper technological integration would make feasible the implementation of more micro-grids such as this one, pictured, on Chile's border with Bolivia (Photo: Boris Lopicich)
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For investors to have greater confidence in micro-grid electricity generation, more attention needs to be paid to ensuring technology operates well in rural communities
Participants at the workshop on sustainable cities organised by IIED and IIED-América Latina in Buenos Aires, Argentina (Photo: IIED-América Latina)
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Eighty per cent of Latin Americans live in urban areas. The result is a complex and challenging urban agenda that needs to be addressed through integrated and inclusive policies. An IIED and IIED- América Latina workshop in Buenos Aires, Argentina, looked at examples of Latin American cities that are striving to become more inclusive, resilient and sustainable, from across the region
International days are used to promote awareness and action on important topics. But how does IIED engage with them? (Image: IIED)
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Whether you're marking World Toilet Day or World Philosophy Day, IIED's web content manager has a list of dos and don'ts to help get your message across

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