In our latest newsletter, we profiled Debra Roberts, who was this year's 'outstanding woman in development’ speaker at the biennial Barbara Ward Lecture. As head of the Sustainable and Resilient City Initiatives portfolio in eThekwini Municipality, Durban, South Africa, and also a co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group 2 on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability (IPCC WG2), her expertise on all things urban made for a fascinating lecture.
Continuing the focus on urban issues, in this edition we also look at IIED's participation at the Habitat III conference. This is the third in a series of international meetings that began in 1976 to secure commitments to the sustainable development of human settlements.
IIED has been engaging with the Habitat process since the first conference in 1976, and with partners we participated in a number of events in Quito, Ecuador.
We also feature:
- Five projects that have received funding following a call for research proposals under the Urban Crises Learning Fund
- A guest blog titled 'The shifting power of cities' from Daniel Hoornweg, associate professor in the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology
- 'Tacloban after Haiyan: working together towards recovery' describes the experience, challenges, successes and lessons of the Tacloban city government as the city transitioned from the humanitarian response to the recovery and development phases following the typhoon
- 'Responding to the Syrian crisis in Lebanon: collaboration between aid agencies and local governance structures' argues that humanitarians will only be able to ensure their responses are sustainable and meet needs on the ground if they work closely with local authorities, and
- 'Artisanal and small-scale gold mining in Ghana: Evidence to inform an Action Dialogue' provides background research on ASM in Ghana to inform a multi-stakeholder 'action dialogue' – giving an overview of the sector, identifying the barriers to formalisation, and offering 'ways forward'.
Download the following briefings:
- Rethinking investment treaties to advance human rights
- Migrant and refugee transit: the role of local authorities in humanitarian response
- Five considerations for national evaluation agendas informed by the SDGs
- Enhanced local coordination for effective aid provision: the case of Lebanon
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