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A member of the Sekonyer community gets ready for a day on the Sekonyer river in Borneo, close to the site of recent conflict between a palm oil company and RSPO member and the local community (Photo: Rainforest Action Network via Creative Commons)

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How can remote communities with little formal education hold investors to account and seek redress when their rights to land and resources are threatened? An IIED webinar examined the role of grievance mechanisms
From left, musicians Wesa Kawesa, Drake and Myko Ouma learn about issues in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Photo: Wesa Kawesa)

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A project in Uganda is using music and video to promote conservation and poverty alleviation, thanks to a creative partnership
Peru's Quelccaya ice cap is the largest glaciated area in the tropics; glaciers play a significant role in Lima's water provision (Photo: Wikipedia via Creative Commons)

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While heads of state, ministers and negotiators met in Lima, Peru, to try to negotiate a global deal at the UN climate talks, local people have been developing their own adaptation strategy – and seem to find it equally difficult to face up to the scale of the problem
Customers at a milk bar in Ndumbuini in Kabete, Nairobi. Research in Kenya has found that milk sold in this way had similar bacterial levels to those sold in formal markets (Photo: ILRI/Paul Karaimu)

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Informality may be responsible for many things produced, processed or sold by people who operate outside formal rules and regulations, but small markets add up to big business
Negotiations went long into the night at COP20 in Lima, Peru, but the road to dignity seems no clearer (Photo: Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores Gonzalo Gutiérrez Reinel, via Creative Commons)

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After climate negotiations drew to a close in Lima, Jonathan Reeves reflects on the UN Secretary General's synthesis report on the post-2015 agenda and asks whether the "road to dignity" will take us to the right destination.
Which is the best approach when working for sustainable energy for all? (Photo: Bernard Polet, via Flickr)

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Leading politicians and thinkers are being urged to make sustainable energy available to all. Achieving this goal requires research in how people and communities use energy and how sustainable energy can be financed
Temegnush Dhabi owns a two-hectare farm in central Ethiopia, growing chick peas. "I’m no longer seen as a poor widow but a successful farmer" (Photo: The Gates Foundation via Flickr)

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In many African countries women lose out from patriarchal legal and cultural traditions. How can these practices be changed to benefit everyone?
IIED director Camilla Toulmin enjoys the 12th D&C Days event at COP20 in Lima, Peru (Photo; Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre)

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IIED director Camilla Toulmin reflects on her trip to Lima for the COP20 Development and Climate Days
Manantali dam in Mali (Photo: OMVS/SOGEM via Google license)

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The economics and distribution of development benefits of large dams continue to be a source of controversy. Every dam is different, and efforts to generalise from a few (often well known, but sometimes exceptional) examples continue to cause challenges in reaching common ground on the past development contribution of the 50,000 dams worldwide today and the need for more
Dancing at the Dia de Los Muertos festival, which incessant rainfall spoiled in Mexico this year (Photo: Richard Cawood)

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The winner of a competition to write a blog on how dealing with the impacts of climate change affects everyday life highlights how rainfall hampers the celebration of Mexican festivals

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