The IIED blog

26 February 2015
The junior mining sector – those who search for deposits and develop and operate new mines – is diverse and complex, their issues unique. It includes exploration firms, institutional investors and operators - drillers, financiers and mine managers. Juniors often-face greater operational risks, working with an unproven geological resource, often in remote locations where large-scale mining (LSM) has not happened before. They are constrained by funding, experience high levels of investor scrutiny, and have few staff. Yet when it comes to relations between artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) and the rest of the mining sector, the junior operator is one of the principal interfaces where the rubber meets the road.
24 February 2015
Community-led solutions to the challenges of climate change are creating more resilient city infrastructure, researchers have found
23 February 2015
The growing number of people living in cities – and changes in rural-urban linkages – are re-shaping our relationship with food. Policymakers need to take note
19 February 2015
As cities in Asia face up to the challenges of a changing climate, municipal authorities are finding partnerships with researchers can help inform practice and policy
18 February 2015
Negotiations underway this week will focus on the declaration text for the Sustainable Development Goals. Jonathan Reeves suggests this is an ideal opportunity to raise global ambition – but says the signs are not good
16 February 2015
The main impacts of climate change are being felt by poor families, which means that poor women and men must be at the centre of the climate change finance debate
16 February 2015
Progress in Geneva has meant a good start to the climate negotiations on the road to Paris, with elements in the text offering the possibility of a fair deal for developing countries
13 February 2015
A framework on how to monitor and evaluate social learning approaches while identifying in which contexts social learning works best, and where it is not useful, is now available