Sustainable markets blogs

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
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
5 December 2014
Making the links between green supplies chains, zero deforestation and the private sector at COP20 in Lima
27 November 2014
Payments to encourage the conservation of important natural resources are being used to protect forests, but can they also play a role in restoring depleted fisheries?
12 November 2014
Artisanal and small-scale miners informally produce 15-20 per cent of the world's gold and 80 per cent of its sapphires. Yet the sector faces complex problems. IIED and its partners have published two papers on the risks
1 October 2014
Could participants at the climate summit only see the colour green? How else can we explain the near total absence of the oceans from the programme and declarations
30 September 2014
Donors, governments and businesses need to collaborate more strategically to finance pro-poor energy access. This is a key message from a new IIED discussion paper Sharing the Load
22 September 2014
Increasing energy access and transitioning from dirty to clean energy requires capacity building – but current capacity building efforts need a makeover to be effective. So far, it seams that capacity building measures just aren’t delivering results. This blog posts some thoughts and questions about the way forward.
31 July 2014
What will it take to deliver modern energy services to the poor – particularly those in rural Africa who need decentralised energy? What are the barriers to transformative change and what opportunities should be seized today?
8 June 2014
When Essam Yassin Mohammed asked a former fisherman in Bangladesh how to protect a fish that feeds millions of people, he learnt about four overlooked factors that intensify threats to the species

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