Biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction must be tackled together by the institutions that drive policy, rules, plans, investment and action for both – a process known as ‘mainstreaming’. We aim to ensure this happens through research, capacity building and partnerships with key organisations, communities and other actors.
IIED is examining the ideas, resources and ‘power dynamics’ that shape how the Climate Investment Funds achieve development impacts. Together, these factors make up the ‘political economy’, and examining them will help governments and development organisations understand how climate investment funds can best bring about the transformational change the funds aim for.
Countries need new tools to check whether climate change adaptation is keeping development on-track, and whether costs and benefits are fairly distributed. IIED and partners are developing a framework that does this by assessing risk management and resilience at many levels.
Public sector planning plays a key role in making regions and countries resilient to climate change. But tackling climate change’s huge potential impacts will stretch limited public sector resources to the limit. With partners we are exploring how to use sequence and synchrony to make climate change planning, and public sector interventions, most effective — to help them deliver ‘more than the sum of their parts’.
Pastoralists are one of the most researched, yet least understood, groups in the world. Policy consistently ignores both scientific evidence for sustainable pastoralism and local peoples’ strategies and institutions. IIED and partners’ training helps policymakers understand drylands, and pastoralists get their voices heard.
Strengthening local government capacity for carrying out good governance and effective adaptive planning is vital for resilient development in the face of changing climate. IIED and partners are testing and documenting different approaches in East Africa so lessons can inform policy and action in other drylands.
Pastoralists move their livestock with the seasons, in search of good pasture across the drylands. Recent droughts in Africa are making decision makers question the viability of pastoralism, particularly in the face of future climate variability and change. But their fears are founded on misconceptions.
Working closely with partners in Brazil and elsewhere, IIED hosted an information-sharing event on the 16 and 17 June. Fair ideas opened up a space for researchers and practitioners working for a greener, fairer world to add important knowledge, experience and momentum to the official summit.
The food sovereignty paradigm affirms the fundamental right of peoples to define their food and agricultural policies. This implies that food providers and consumers are directly involved in policy making and institutional choices.
This paper synthesizes the findings of a study carried out to explore opportunities for sustainable development in East Africa. It is based on a survey of nearly 200 leaders in environment and development in Ethiopia., Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, as well as international experts, and uses their views and recommendations as a foundation to suggest priorities for action towards sustainable development in East Africa.
Various mechanisms are used to monitor progress and implementation of National Strategies for Sustainable Development (NSDS), eg, internal reviews, external auditing, parliamentary and budgetary reviews, and indicator-based monitoring.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) commit the international community to an expanded vision of poverty reduction and pro-poor growth, one that vigorously places human development at the centre of social and economic progress in all