IIED and IUCN, as part of the Global Water Initiative in West Africa, will be at this year's World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden from 23-28 August, 2015, and will be holding a side event on 'Towards socially just and economically viable dams in West Africa'
Urban areas are increasingly the sites of humanitarian crises, from natural disasters to conflict and displacement. Through a programme of research, documenting and learning from experience and development of tools and approaches, IIED is working to build the knowledge and capacity to respond of humanitarian actors working in urban areas, and of urban actors facing humanitarian crises
IIED has been working with local partners to seek out alternative routes to density, that don't force people to choose between being displaced to distant peripheries or being crowded into unhealthy "slums" or apartment blocks
Growing urban affluence tends to have profound environmental consequences, but the net impact depends heavily on how the transition is managed. IIED is working to identify the best means of making urbanisation more environmentally beneficial and less destructive