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Artisanal and small-scale miners in Madagascar show the dynamic nature of the sector (Photo: Fitsum Weldegiorgis/IIED)
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Fitsum Weldegiorgis explores how artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) can make a positive contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
A dust storm looms over the drylands of the Sahel (Photo: Marie Monimart/IIED)
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Alessandra Giannini challenges the view that local people were to blame for drought in the Sahel in the 1970s and 1980s – and explains how climate models now show the cause lies in the oceans
A slum is upgraded in Zambia. Local urban poor organisations are working with local governments to solve problems, but need financial support (Photo: Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI), via Google licence)
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Ahead of a side event at Habitat III, Anna Walnycki highlights how funding is needed for grassroots upgrading of informal settlements in the face of evictions
The fruit market is dominated by a small number of varieties that can withstand long distance shipping and meet supermarket demands for uniformity (Photo: Dirk Loop, Creative Commons via Flickr)
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As World Food Day approaches, Seth Cook explores the dangers of losing local crop and animal varieties and what we can do about it
A fishing boat and cruise liner cross paths outside Zakynthos Harbour (Photo: Robert Wallace, Creative Commons, via Flickr)
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As a high-level conference on protecting Africa's seas and oceans gets under way, Essam Yassin Mohammed reflects on the multiple dimensions to maritime security in Africa's coastal regions
The Food Change Lab engaged a wide group of voices from people in different parts of the food system in the Fort Portal region (Photo: Nimrod Bagonza)
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How an innovative 'Food Change Lab' in Uganda is bringing together a range of voices to shape a food system that works for all, including ordinary citizens
A water tap in Rwanda. Measuring sustainability of investments in water and sanitation makes more sense than focusing on annual freshwater withdrawal and access to improved water and sanitation (Photo: A'Melody Lee/World Bank, Creative Commons, via Flickr)
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Clare Shakya sets out seven ways the World Bank can make its development aid sustainable and inclusive.
Lagos in 2010. Under different scenarios, Lagos could have 61 million inhabitants in 2100, or over 100 million (Image: Ricardo Gomes, Creative Commons, via Flickr)
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A new report suggests that most of the world's largest cities in 2100 will be in Africa – including many with over 40 million inhabitants. This blog suggests growth in numbers will hinge more on the extent of economic development
Downtown Dar es Salaam: the largest city in Tanzania is on track to have a population over 50 million (Photo: Babak Fakhamzadeh, Creative Commons, via Flickr)
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Population predictions for the world's largest cities in the 21st century (part 2): New figures show the population of the world's largest cities set to soar. This rapid growth calls for better, more sustainable cities
Old Indonesia coins. In Indonesia, like the UK, the income of the poorest 40 per cent has to grow at twice the rate of the national average if the income gap is to stay the same (Photo: Anis Eka, Creative Commons, via Flickr)
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The international commitment to reducing inequality marks a welcome breakthrough. But without clearer targets for measuring progress, driving change to tackle rising inequality will be a challenge

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