David Satterthwaite's blog posts

16 August 2016 |

International agencies must support local processes if we are to achieve ambitious global goals – so benefits reach urban communities on the ground whose needs these goals are set up to meet.

19 July 2016 |

Ten concise points respond to the current draft of Habitat III's New Urban Agenda which is lengthy, dense and gives too little attention to the key roles of local government and civil society.

26 April 2016 |

In the week of the urban-themed 10th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation, we ask what is needed for this approach to succeed in urban spaces.

19 April 2016 |

Can cities prosper while meeting their responsibilities for acting on climate change? This is the focus of a new book by IPCC authors, co-edited by IIED's David Satterthwaite.

9 March 2016 |

As discussions on the SDG indicators are under way in New York, David Satterthwaite asks where are the indicators that report on local needs and support local action in urban areas.

12 October 2015 |

The new development framework lays out a groundbreaking vision on the common good. But it doesn't say enough about how this is to be achieved, by whom and with what funding.

8 September 2015 |

If the world delivers on the Sustainable Development Goals, will IIED be out of a job?

31 March 2015 |

Ahead of the Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa, David Satterthwaite highlights the disconnect that exists between the commitments made by national governments at international conferences and finance available for the (mostly local) institutions that can meet them.

16 January 2015 |

Why is there so little data on who faces poverty and where they live?

6 November 2014 |

The IPCC's Fifth Assessment gets the importance of understanding and acting on urbanisation.

9 July 2014 |

The latest draft of the Sustainable Development Goals and targets contains a stunning list of commitments, but fails to address how we will achieve them. 

18 June 2014 |

Yet another global study has understated the scale and depth of urban poverty, by failing to appreciate the differences between rural and urban contexts.

12 June 2014 |

Research in several countries shows how governments and development agencies undercount the scale and depth of urban poverty, writes David Satterthwaite.

27 May 2014 |

For 40 years, Barbara Ward, who would have been 100 on 23 May, set out the case for a fairer, more just world system – in her 14 books, in what she wrote as a staff member and later an editor of The Economist, in many newspaper articles (especially in the Washington Post) and in her speeches.

16 April 2014 |

Around a billion people live in informal urban settlements that lack essential services and security. So, with the international community about to agree on a new set of sustainable development goals (SDGs) for all nations to pursue from 2015, the concerns of these people should be high on the agenda.