Camilla Toulmin's blog posts
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is launching an unprecedented appeal in response to the Ebola crisis, but what lessons must we learn if we are to effectively and equitably tackle future shocks of this scale?
IIED director Camilla Toulmin writes about her decision to step down after ten years, and outlines how the institute will search for her successor.
Climate expert Fatima Denton from the Economic Commission for Africa will say it's time for more optimism on Africa and climate change at an IIED lecture to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Barbara Ward's birthday.
People around the world are putting increasing pressure on world leaders to take action on climate change, as demonstrated by this week's climate march in New York.
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.