Policy and planning blogs

27 March 2015
Climate negotiators are discussing how to set a global goal for climate change adaptation. It's important for the negotiators learn from experiences and evidence gained at country level – so they can develop a goal that reflects differing national realities
25 March 2015
The World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction aims to make communities safer in the face of new disasters – but could complex guidance be confusing issues, asks Cassidy Johnson
24 March 2015
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
23 March 2015
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
4 March 2015
Drawing on a recently published paper in 'World Development', Gordon McGranahan considers why, given we seem to have the know-how, there are still so many people in cities without decent sanitation
28 January 2015
The post-2015 sustainable development agenda promises a better future – but only if some awkward realities are confronted
22 January 2015
As the rich and powerful gather in Davos, IIED director Camilla Toulmin urges a change in attitudes to taxation to tackle growing inequality
21 January 2015
As leaders from politics, business and civil society gather in the Swiss ski resort of Davos for the World Economic Forum, IIED's chief economist argues that "hope" is the most scarce resource
19 January 2015
The House of Commons has been debating the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). But will the UK parliament use its powers to debate a bilateral investment treaty signed with Ethiopia?
16 January 2015
Why is there so little data on who faces poverty and where they live? David Satterthwaite examines why 'better' data is better than 'more' data

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