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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
People use the pavement on Boulevard Richard Lenoir, close to the Bataclan concert venue which was the focus of the Paris attacks on 13 November, 2015, to share messages of support, and hope (Photo: Gael_Lombart, Creative Commons, via Flickr)
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There is much debate as to whether the Paris climate summit can deliver an adequate response to the challenge of climate change. In the wake of the tragedy of last Friday's attacks in the French capital, Andrew Norton pays tribute to France's efforts to secure an ambitious agreement and hopes for success
US Secretary of State John Kerry, pictured with chairperson of the African Union, Abdel Aziz, is opposing African countries' desire for a legally binding agreement at COP21 (via Google Images licence)
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In response to comments from the US Secretary of State, Achala Abeysinghe sets out nine key reasons why the Paris climate agreement must be legally binding
The Tanah Abang district of the Indonesian capital Jakarta has chronic traffic problems. Attempts to clear informal settlements and street vendors are frequently met with protests (Photo: Ikhlasul Amal, Creative Commons via Flickr)
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As cities are increasingly where humanitarian action responds to crises, can urban planning principles help humanitarians intervene more effectively?
The island nation of Tuvalu is one of the Least Developed Countries that is particularly vulnerable to climate change, with an average elevation of just two meters above sea level (Photo: Nick Hobgood, Creative Commons via Flickr)
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As ministers from 80 countries gather in Paris for pre-meetings ahead of COP21, Achala Abeysinghe sets out a clear direction of travel for them to follow
Relocated street vendors operate in the car park below the alun-alun of the Masjid Raya Mosque in Bandung, but this basement area does not attract many customers and vendors have to breathe in car and motorcycle fumes due to the poor air circulation (Photo: Kemal Jufri/Panos Pictures)
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Street-food vendors' businesses are often threatened in the name of progress, but a new initiative from IIED and Hivos is looking to bridge the divide, protecting livelihoods and an important source of cheap food
A typical Kenya milk bar. Packaged milk in supermarkets has been found to be no better at meeting food safety standards than raw milk sold from kiosks (Photo: International Livestock Research Institute, Creative Commons, via Flickr)
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Informal markets are at the heart of many developing country economies, but how can authorities work with the informal sector? A training and certification scheme for Kenya's informal dairy sector provides valuable policy lessons

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