Annual Report 2014/15: Shaping a fairer future

IIED's Annual Report for 2014/15 looks at what IIED achieved during the year, and how we worked with many partners to promote equitable and sustainable development.

The 36-page print version and online Annual Report highlight IIED's wide range of work to ensure global fairness (Image: IIED/We Are Tangerine)

The report, entitled 'Shaping a fairer future', is available as an online interactive document, as well as in print.

The online version of the report includes video messages from IIED's new director, Andrew Norton, in which he sets out the institute's priorities and future agenda. Norton says: "Shaping a fairer future means ensuring that global agreements are fair for the world's poorest and most vulnerable people and produce real and tangible benefits."

Voices from local communities

The report highlights the fact that in order to shape a fairer future, everyone needs to be heard. IIED aims to link global policies and local challenges, and the report features the voices of some of IIED's partners around the world, from the Alliance for Responsible Mining in Colombia to the Kenya Forestry Research Institute.

Much of IIED's work has been at the grassroots, working with local communities. In West Africa, IIED has been working through the Global Water Initiative to lobby for more support for smallholders who are affected by large dams. 150 large-scale dams have already been built in West Africa. We are supporting local rights in five countries – Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Niger and Senegal.

Land tenure is also a crucial issue when it comes to agribusiness and international investments. This year IIED's Legal Tools team undertook a programme of work to explain the relationships and processes involved in international investment chains. In February 2015 we helped to bring together representatives from more than 20 South East Asian civil society organisations to share their experiences.

Conservation policies also frequently impact local communities. IIED has sought to understand how protected areas affect the people living near them. We brought together academics, policymakers and practitioners to focus on developing a framework a more equitable management of protected areas.

Partnerships: a key role

Partners played a major role in what we achieved during 2014/15. The report describes many of the partnerships and coalitions that underpin IIED's work.

IIED worked with Kenyan federation of slum dwellers Muungano wa Wanavijiji to reach out to street vendors who sell fresh food and hot meals to low-income groups. Using balloon mapping to take aerial photographs, communities are able to get detailed maps of their settlements, showing information that governments don't have. These maps are allowing Nairobi's disenfranchised communities to identify environmental hazards and improve food safety.

In early 2015 IIED and the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) at the Independent University in Bangladesh formalised their strategic partnership. IIED and ICCCAD researchers collaborated on climate resilience and finance in the global South and together hosted two in-country learning hubs in Bangladesh and Ethiopia.

IIED also began an ambitious programme of work designed to encourage a move to more responsible and inclusive mining. Working with partners, we are mapping the landscape of artisinal and small-scale mining: the people who work in the industry and their relationships and realities.

This sector provides direct livelihoods to an estimated 20-30 million people, including many of the world's poorest citizens. Our work is rooted in reality: we travelled to Tanzania's Geita gold mining district to discover the stories of diggers, drivers, geologists, mining officers and village elders. Their images provide a constant reminder of their perspectives.

The report also includes information on IIED's financial performance and information about how the institute works to improve its environmental performance. The online report includes a feedback section for readers to submit their views.

Shaping a fairer future means ensuring that global agreements are fair for the world's poorest and most vulnerable people, and produce real and tangible benefits" - Andrew Norton

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