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  • Video announcing the Sixth International Conference on community-based adaptation

    Saleemul Huq 10 November 2011

    In this video blog, Saleemul Huq, Senior Fellow, of IIED's Climate Change Group provides information about the upcoming conference in Hanoi. It’s key theme is: communicating about how communities are adapting to climate change.

  • REDD+: Learning from participatory forest management

    Isilda Nhantumbo 10 November 2011

    As policymakers prepare to discuss REDD+ at UN climate talks in Durban, they should heed the lessons learned from years of experience in participatory forest management across the developing world.

  • Poor and vulnerable countries are defying climate inaction

    Saleemul Huq 9 November 2011

    Slow progress at global climate talks is belied by the plethora of actions in many smaller and more at-risk developing nations.

  • An American predicament that threatens the Green Climate Fund

    Pa Ousman Jarju 3 November 2011

    In the context of the multilateral climate change negotiations, this global realization has slowly, but inexorably led to the conclusion that for the foreseeable future, it would be vain to expect

  • The 2011 monsoon season brought unusually heavy rains and severe floods to many south-east Asian countries. Thailand was worst affected, with large parts of the Thai capital Bangkok under water (Photo: Chrisgel Ryan Cruz, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Thailand's floods: complex political and geographical factors behind the crisis

    Somsook Boonyabancha 2 November 2011

    The scale of Thailand's floods are unprecedented. In the midst of the crisis, water management has become a politically sensitive matter

  • Q: When is a forest not a forest? A: When no-one knows

    Mike Shanahan 2 November 2011

    Take a look at these two photographs and play spot the difference.

  • Freedom or a free for all? Creating an open but safe cyberspace

    Suzanne Fisher 1 November 2011

    The difficulty I experienced getting past the media security cordon and into the London Conference on Cyberspace today served to highlight one of the conference’s key themes: how do you manage the security of cyberspace while protecting freedom of expression? Prime Minister David Cameron likened it to “the balance…between freedom and a free-for-all” in his speech.

  • IIED at 40 – mature, confident and fitter than ever

    Camilla Toulmin 21 October 2011

    Some people become more and more fixed in their minds as they get older. I hope IIED is an enquiring as ever, willing to shift ground when the evidence is clear, to be pragmatic rather than stuck in an ideological rut. We need to practice mental gymnastics to keep flexible and nimble in mind.

  • Climate change and religion in flooded Bangkok

    Saleemul Huq 20 October 2011

    I have been attending a meeting of around forty Archbishops and Bishops from all over Asia for several days now at Assumption University on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand surrounded by flood waters approaching the country’s low-lying capital city.

  • Why survivors should lead responses to disasters

    Somsook Boonyabancha 20 October 2011

  • The Mahila Housing SEWA (Self-Employed Women's Association of India) Trust offers savings, loans and micro credit schemes (Photo: Shack/Slum Dwellers International, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    People power: the urban poor are now a force to be reckoned with

    Suzanne Fisher 17 October 2011

    Speakers at the "View from the streets" event in London showed how the urban poor can group together to bring about change

  • Gastro(eco)nomic revolution in Peru

    Ethel Del Pozo-Vergnes 16 October 2011

    A gastronomic boom sweeping through Peru reflects the country’s economic growth and optimism.

  • Do prizes work?

    Camilla Toulmin 13 October 2011

    After recent announcements of winners for the Nobel prize, the World Food prize and the African leadership prize for good governance this blog asks, do prizes work?

  • 'Land grabbing' in the shadow of the law in Africa

    Lorenzo Cotula 13 October 2011

  • Children at an informal school in the Kibera area of Nairobi. Providing free education is one way to reduce urban poverty (Photo: Christy Gillmore, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Why are the main means by which urban dwellers avoid hunger ignored?

    David Satterthwaite 5 October 2011

    The issue of hunger in urban areas has long been neglected, as part of a more general neglect of urban poverty. And when the issue is covered, there are some glaring gaps in the analysis

  • Wangari Maathai: activist, environmentalist and mother to a movement

    Camilla Toulmin 27 September 2011

    It is with great sadness that I heard of the death of Kenyan environmental and political activist Wangari Maathai aged 71. She has been a great champion of why environment matters for people across the planet, and especially for women and poor groups in Africa. Like a tall spreading tree, perhaps an Acacia, her influence and courage have provided nourishment and shelter for a wide range of activities in Kenya and beyond.

  • Defining fairness: the experiences of a Richard Sandbrook scholar at IIED

    Dugald Macdonald 20 September 2011

    My being at IIED is rather fortuitous. I completely missed the first advertisement to apply for this position when it went round on the college mailing list, but luckily I was saved when the deadline for applications was pushed back a week to accommodate late applicants. I was one of those late applicants. In the space of a few short weeks I was notified that I had been shortlisted and that I was invited to interview for the Richard Sandbrook Scholarship. I was just thrilled to have been offered an interview so you can imagine my joy when I was told hours later that I had been selected for the position.

  • REDD+ in Mozambique: new opportunity for land grabbers?

    Isilda Nhantumbo 15 September 2011

    Land is cheap and is perceived to be abundant in Africa. A scramble for its land, following the food and fuel crisis three years ago, is on. European and North American companies have been acquiring land to grow export and biofuel crops and to supply their need for pulp and paper. Now they’re being joined by newly emerging economies – in particular Brazil, India and China – which are also increasingly acquiring large tracts of land and searching for other natural resources, in particular water and minerals.

  • Mozambique: the next Atlantis?

    Adam Dunderdale 15 September 2011

    Mozambique is a country plagued with a history of floods and poverty. Lying on the south east coast of Africa, its coastline spans over 2700km with its lowest point level to the Indian Ocean. So it needs to be prepared for sea-level rises caused by climate change.

  • Climate change advocacy fund good news for poor countries

    Saleemul Huq 8 September 2011

    “For developing countries in general and least developed countries in particular, we can't afford to support big delegations”, said Sumaya Zakieldeen from Sudan’s national climate change negotiation team. “The coming period of negotiation under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is going to be extremely ...important as it is going to shape the fate of climate change and accordingly the fate of the most vulnerable to adverse impacts... It will be exceptionally important to be there to play our assigned roles on behalf of our people and finish what we started.”

  • Assessing REDD+: beyond carbon measurements

    Isilda Nhantumbo 8 September 2011

    Assessing projects to reduce deforestation and forest degradation is not just about measuring how much carbon they have sequestered or enhanced. It is equally about asking what such projects have done to reduce poverty and improve people’s lives.

  • No easy, quick solutions to improving life in the "slums"

    Diana Mitlin 5 September 2011

    BBC journalist Paul Mason’s “Our World,” shown on the 26th August 2011, relies once more on professionalized solutions to offer hope to those living in Manila, the capital of the Philippines – and the most densely populated city on earth. But they’re not a viable solution for the 900 million people living in informal settlements and other forms of inadequate accommodation such as crowded inner city dwellings.

  • Biomass: boon or bane?

    Duncan Macqueen 31 August 2011

    A new IIED briefing paper asks some hard questions about biomass investments and warns that rising demand for renewable energy sources could drive land grabs.

  • Good governance: a timeless principle

    Camilla Toulmin 31 August 2011

    As Libyan rebels prepare for the final act in the downfall of Gaddafi’s regime — defenders of the pro-Gaddafi stronghold, Sirte, have until Saturday (3 September) to surrender — questions are already being raised about the country’s future. In particular, asking how the country can successfully move from Gaddafi’s autocratic and corrupt rule to a democratic constitutional order and an economy that brings prosperity for all.

  • Sanity in REDD governance shock!

    James Mayers 24 August 2011

    When it comes to forest governance — who gets to decide what about forests — REDD is a pleasant dream for some, a nightmare for others. I think it is depends on how you see the money and the leverage.