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Securing land rights for indigenous peoples, such as these members of the Xingu tribe, pictured in Brazil, is critical to alleviating poverty (Photo: Rights and Resources Initiative)

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Explicit inclusion of secure land rights for local communities and indigenous peoples is key to "leaving no one behind" in global Sustainable Development Goals, writes Jenny Springer of Rights and Resources Initiative
Public protests against new dams in Patagonia. RIMISP's study shows the need for public consultation on major infrastructure projects (Photo: Glenn Switkes/International Rivers, Creative Commons via Flickr)

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The SDGs promise transformational change – but how is this delivered? A new study from RIMISP, a partner of the Independent Research Forum (IRF), looks at how major change came about in Chile's energy sector
Logging trucks in Ghana: legislation requires that to charge stumpage fees on harvested timber at levels that keep the timber industry under control (Photo: Duncan Macqueen/IIED)

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As the EU reviews timber import policies, a new report finds that incentives to harvest timber legally and sustainably from Ghana, one of Europe's key sources, are failing to deliver
ON AIR: a local farmer joins a broadcaster in the studio of KRC.FM (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

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An innovative partner project in rural Uganda is using dialogue via radio and SMS messages to help farmers solve problems
Jakarta: migrants from rural villages sleeping in an area that they rent for Rp 1.000,- (10 cents Euro) per night per person. There can be more than 50 people living and sleeping in this area at one time (Photo: Henry Ismail, Creative Commons via Flickr)

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There is growing concern that rural migrants transfer poverty to urban areas, but excluding them is not the solution. Ensuring full citizenship rights to all groups and proactive planning for urban growth are more effective ways to reduce disadvantage and poverty
A community planning workshop in Cambodia (Photo: Diana Mitlin/IIED)

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Community involvement in improving housing for low income families in Asian cities is changing approaches to funding – and delivering impressive results as well
Ruth Nguli looks at her crop of heat and drought-tolerant beans in Makueni County, Kenya. Developing and sharing climate-smart farming techniques can help communities adapt to climate changes (Photo: Cecilia Schubert/CCAFS, Creative Commons via Flickr)

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How do we effectively measure and enhance adaptation? Saleemul Huq looks at possible answers which will be discussed at the 9th International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA9)
Tanzania: participatory training events for small-scale farmers can introduce the concept of climate change and help farmers identify which crops could work well in their area (Photo: Cecilia Schubert/CCAFS)

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Supporting government engagement with communities in Tanzania has identified three key ways in which the government can improve climate resilient planning
The Zimbabwe Homeless People’s Federation secures houses, sanitation and land rights for members. Communication and participation are central to the way it works (Photo: Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI), Creative Commons via Flickr)

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IIED is keen to open up dialogue across the mining sector, including the voices of the marginalised. Here, Liz Carlile explores the importance of having a voice
IIED researchers in Uganda: "IIED works with small and medium sized enterprise (SMEs), municipal governments, pastoral communities, representatives of urban poor federations, smallholder farming groups, and other poorly represented interests" (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

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IIED's outgoing director Camilla Toulmin looks back on how the organisation has grown and evolved over the last 12 years

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