Camilla Toulmin's blog posts
More than 30 years ago I lived in a mud hut in Dlonguebougou, a village that now is home to 1,200 Bambara people in drought-prone central Mali, where the two main activities are farming millet and raising livestock. Since 1982, I have visited every two to three years, and have just returned from my latest trip. The changes I have seen over three decades represent in microcosm the forces at work in the wider context.
The UN's Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) released its 'zero draft' of the goals and targets on 2 June, and the document is a marked improvement on previous OWG working documents. But there's still work needed to streamline the goals and targets while addressing the key barriers to sustainable development. Moreover, it's vital that the targets are structured in a way that promotes their joined-up, inclusive implementation.
Understanding and collaboration on the drylands teaches us much about adapting to climate change.
People across the European Union are going to the polls on 22 May. But why does Europe matter?
A focus on four key priorities could help Least Developed Country governments lift their citizens out of poverty by generating inclusive growth.
Future generations will thank those of today's leaders who take a longer-term view of the many challenges we face, says Camilla Toulmin.
For more than 40 years IIED has worked with partners worldwide to resolve tensions between local needs and global pressures, so I was delighted to accept an invitation from WWF-US to talk about these issues.
A second round of elections will now have to be held following a “calm” first vote. Challenges to be overcome include poor voter turnout in the north and heavy rains.
The G8 leaders meet in Northern Ireland on June 17, with the UK in the chair, and trade, tax, and transparency as the text. It’s a revolutionary agenda, if seen through to the end.
In Bamako, Mali last week, I drank tea and caught up on politics and development challenges. After the French military intervention to push back jihadist rebels in the North early in 2013, the transitional government has agreed with donors to hold presidential elections at the end of July. This election and a military return to barracks have been a pre-condition of aid flows re-starting.