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Construction of a dam and hydropower plant on the Konkouré River at Kaléta in Guinea. The new plant came on line in September 2015 (Photo: Jamie Skinner/IIED)
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Jamie Skinner discusses whether tightening up standards to minimise social and environmental risks could shift the debate on hydropower
The Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Bhutan to the UN, Kunzang Choden Namgyel, signs the Paris Agreement on Climate Change (Photo: Amanda Voisard, UN Photo)
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IIED has been examining how two of the world's poorest nations are playing a leading role in the climate diplomacy needed to define the rules for implementing the Paris Agreement
Bimbo Osobe and Samuel Akinrolabu, members of the Nigerian Slum/Informal Settlement Federation, lead a march of residents of Lagos waterfront communities threatened with eviction, to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode's office to demand open dialogue with the government on alternatives to evictions of the urban poor (Photo: Andrew Maki)
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Voices from grassroots communities are being heard at Habitat III, but will this make a difference where it counts? Diana Mitlin writes from Quito
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.

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