World leaders who sought the advice of IIED founder, who would have been 100 on 23 May 2014, included two US presidents, and several UK prime ministers and heads of state from Africa and Asia

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On 23 May 2014, the International Institute for Environment and Development marked 100 years since the birth of its founder, Barbara Ward with a range of articles, interviews and videos
Members of the NBSAPs 2.0 Africa leaders' group. From left to right: Kauna Schroder, Marie-May Jeremie, Juliane Zeidler, Samson Mulonga, Dineo D Gaborekwe, Baboloki Autlwetse, Felix Monggae, Chipanqura Chirara.

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All parties to the global Convention on Biological Diversity are revising their national biodiversity strategy and action plans
A community protests against illegal land development in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia (Photo: World Resources Institute via Flickr)

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Land is central to livelihoods, culture and identity for millions of people across the developing world. But there is growing concern that people's connection to their land is being undermined
Kalimantan, Indonesia: A community leader discusses resistance to a logging company building a large oil palm plantation. The banner in the background demands that the company return the community’s rights (Photo: Rainforest Action Network via Flickr)

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Citizens' groups are taking action to change the way investments in natural resources are happening. The legal tools for citizen empowerment initiative explores and shares tactics and lessons
A community in the Philippines protesting against a mining project in their area holds up their resolutions against the plans, developed through the support of paralegals who provided them with legal advice

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Investments in agriculture and extractive industries can create new opportunities and risks for local communities. New pressures on land require communities to develop new resources and capabilities
Large scale oil palm plantations in Borneo. It is estimated that two thirds of Indonesia’s palm oil production is managed by multinational companies (Photo: Rainforest Action Network via Creative Commons)

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Many countries have seen large-scale acquisitions of land for plantation agriculture. Improving accountability is critical to ensure that investment processes respond to local needs and aspirations
A small-scale farmer in Tanzania. Insecure rights and weak land governance are major challenges to ensuring that local landholders benefit from agricultural investments (Photo: Alun McDonald/Oxfam)

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As commercial pressures on land increase in East and West Africa, there is a need for evidence and action on gender-equitable land governance
People from a village in Mali listen to a man providing legal literacy training to raise their awareness on the law and land rights (Photo: Lorenzo Cotula/IIED)

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To promote inclusive sustainable development, IIED works with partners to rethink these legal documents and the process through which they are formulated.
Carina Millstone makes a Critical Theme presentation to IIED staff in May 2014 (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

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The latest in a series of seminars at IIED focusing on financial themes took place on 21 May with a discussion regarding the private sector and sustainable business practices
The café/club.

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The Meeting Place at IIED is a welcoming, flexible and creative venue for holding meetings, debates, brainstorming sessions, seminars, training courses, briefings and presentations.

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