Emily Polack's blog posts

14 October 2014 |

Paralegal schemes build citizen power by helping communities develop the knowledge and capacity they need to speak up for themselves. A recent International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) webinar explored how such schemes can best be supported to make a long-term difference. 

1 November 2012 |

Lessons need to be learned to transform Africa's ‘resource curse’ into a ‘resource blessing’ and to mitigate against the negative impacts of large land-based investments. Ways forward, which include addressing land tenure and bringing about sustainable development, point to the need for African solutions to the problem, supported by continent-wide ‘frameworks.’