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.

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