Sustainable markets blogs

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
28 May 2014
Why transparency initiatives need to be more inclusive and relevant to local needs for communities most affected by oil, gas or mining projects
28 March 2014
What's next for schemes that pay communities to protect local ecosystems? This is what leading researchers and practitioners in the field came together to discuss at IIED's conference in Edinburgh last week
10 March 2014
To assess whether a promising approach to reduce poverty and conserve forests in Uganda really works, we need to use a randomised controlled trial, says Paul Hatanga.

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