The IIED blog

17 December 2014
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
15 December 2014
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.
15 December 2014
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
12 December 2014
In many African countries women lose out from patriarchal legal and cultural traditions. How can these practices be changed to benefit everyone?
11 December 2014
IIED director Camilla Toulmin reflects on her trip to Lima for the COP20 Development and Climate Days
9 December 2014
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
6 December 2014
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
5 December 2014
Making the links between green supplies chains, zero deforestation and the private sector at COP20 in Lima
5 December 2014
Last month's once-a-decade World Parks Congress didn't talk enough about 'equity' when managing protected areas — but at least it's on the agenda
1 December 2014
As part of a regular series following the announcement of her planned departure, IIED director Camilla Toulmin reflects on a decade of leading the institute

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