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  • How can air travel contribute to the costs of adapting to climate change?

    Emma Blackmore 15 June 2011

    Climate change negotiators are still meeting this week in Bonn to try and find a way forward on, amongst many other subjects, climate change mitigation, adaptation and finance. Sources of ‘innovative’ finance, such as taxes on international transport, have been proposed. Might these provide a way to break the deadlock on finance and prove to be sources of significant and stable financing to address the impacts of climate change?

  • “Protecting and promoting the rights of indigenous people benefits us all”

    Krystyna Swiderska 9 June 2011

    He gave the example of indigenous peoples in Peru who are responding to climate change by reintroducing native potato varieties and so are “helping to conserve the earth’s biodiversity”. “Indigenous peoples have been living a ‘green economy’ for centuries,” he added — economists should look to old practices in indigenous communities for new ways to achieve sustainable development.

  • With nations lagging, cities take lead in adapting to climate change

    Eric Chu 6 June 2011

  • Does the development community focus too strongly on smallholders? (Credit: Flickr/United Nations Photo)

    Fast track out of poverty: farm labour or smallholder?

    Sian Lewis 2 June 2011

    When IIED and Hivos launched their ‘provocation’ seminars late

  • Would you like to be my partner?

    Grazia Piras 31 May 2011

    The UN reports have yet to provide a clear overview of the progress made and for many of us directly involved in the business of creating credible partnerships the daily routine oscillates between excitement and frustration.

  • A month with the wastepickers

    Ben Garside 27 May 2011

    The informal sector has so much innovation that often goes unnoticed by academics, government and mainstream businesses alike. My month in Chile working with a grassroots movement of wastepickers reminded me of this — as well as the potential to harness some of the power of this informality in more organised models that benefit the poorest.

  • Poor Economics and ‘Just Giving Money to the Poor’

    Rachel Godfrey Wood 18 May 2011

    Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo's book, Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, is making waves in development circles. Beyond the strong focus on randomised control trials, the book distinguishes itself by wading into issues on which the development community has often ignored or made uninformed guesses. These include the rationale behind the decisions made by the poor, whether they make the "best" decisions available, and how policymakers should respond.

  • Delivering REDD+: can past lessons help in tempering optimism and making headway?

    Isilda Nhantumbo 9 May 2011

    The International Year of Forests is celebrating the importance of forests and raising the profile of challenges and opportunities. The perceived value of forests has been raised by the recognition of their role in mitigating climate change. But the International Year of Forests is a momentous reminder that there are still unresolved issues.

  • The opportunities of climate change

    Rachel Godfrey Wood 26 April 2011

    It's not always a great idea to acknowledge that bad things can create opportunities – but they can. Bad things cause suffering and tragedy, but they can also destabilise the status quo, open space for new discussions, and give an impetus to groups looking for positive change.

  • Deepwater Horizon one year on: what has the oil industry learned?

    Emma Wilson 20 April 2011

    A year ago today, the oil industry was shaken by a blowout on the Deepwater Horizon rig, 1500 metres deep in the Gulf of Mexico. The explosion killed 11 people and spilled 200 million gallons of oil. BP’s bill – over US$8 billion to date – is expected to reach US$32 billion after all damage claims have been made.BP wasn’t solely responsible for the spill. BP’s contractors were also held to task, including Transocean, the rig owner; Halliburton, who did the cement job; and Cameron International, who built the blowout preventer. The incident highlighted the complexity – and vulnerability – of today’s oil and gas contracting arrangements.IIED’s new report Shared value, shared responsibility: a new approach to managing oil and gas contracting chains argues that a shift in industry culture is required to manage the challenges posed by complex chains of oil and gas contractors in increasingly risk-laden environments.

  • How far should social protection go?

    Rachel Godfrey Wood 20 April 2011

    The Centre for Social Protection´s conference ‘Social Protection for Social Justice’,  came, in the words of the Institute for Development Studies’ Stephen Devereux, a full 11 and ¾ years after the term ‘social protection’ was first coined. Since then, social protection has risen steadily up the development agenda, and emerging economies such as Mexico, Brazil, and South Africa have rolled out extensive schemes which transfer cash directly to the poor. This conference challenged delegates to think more critically about the role and limits of such schemes in promoting social justice and challenging structural inequalities.

  • Setting fire to outdated thinking on biomass energy

    Duncan Macqueen 11 April 2011

    Energy shortages and rising fuel costs are nothing new to the poor in developing countries where 1.6 billion people lack access to electricity and 2.4 billion use biomass as their primary cooking and heating fuels. What is new, is the idea that renewable biomass energy itself could enable developing countries to fight poverty and climate change, create jobs and gain energy independence.

  • What's your choice for global sustainability goals?

    Camilla Toulmin 6 April 2011

    IIED’s name brings together environment and development — both are essential for sustainability but they are often treated separately. Too often, we get bracketed as an environmental organisation rather than an organisation aiming for development that is consistent with long-term management of natural resources.

  • NGOs: friend or foe to markets for the poor?

    Sian Lewis 6 April 2011

    Non-governmental organisations can play a key role in facilitating efforts to make markets work for the poor but they do not always reach the most vulnerable groups and can sometimes harm local businesses.

  • How ‘just giving money to the poor’ helps them adapt to climate change

    Rachel Godfrey Wood 4 April 2011

    Programmes which transfer money directly to the poor help them adapt to climate change. That´s what I´m suggesting in a new briefing paper to be presented at the upcoming conference on ‘Social Protection for Social Justice’, will be held at the Centre for Social Protection in Brighton between the 13th and 15th of April. 

  • Health: an issue that needs to be prioritised in climate change adaptation

    Keshab Thapa 1 April 2011

  • How can we measure adaptation: monitoring and evaluation as an entry point?

    SVRK Prabhakar 31 March 2011

  • Adapting to climate change in Bangladesh

    SVRK Prabhakar 30 March 2011

  • Is this a climate change issue or a human rights issue?

    Kirsty Wilson 29 March 2011

    We had been driven for seven hours from Dhaka through hair-raising traffic to see some of the practical approaches that Caritas was using in th

  • Climate adaptation: old wine in new bottles?

    Andrew Kroglund 29 March 2011

  • Adaptation in Bangladesh: notes from the field

    Keshab Thapa 29 March 2011

  • Bangladesh: mangrove island reflects people's creativitiy

    Bettina Koelle 28 March 2011

  • Reality check: climate change and the poor

    Hannah Reid 28 March 2011

    Hannah Reid reports on a field trip to a site in Manikganj District, about three hours from Dhaka city in Bangladesh, to see how vulnerable people are coping with climate-change related impacts

  • Community based adaptation: conference video blog

    Saleemul Huq 28 March 2011

    The 5th International Conference on Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change, takes place in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 24 to 31 March 2011. Saleemul Huq will be keeping us updated from the conference in a series of daily video logs.

  • Nepal: space to debate, opportunities to act

    Elaine Morrison 24 March 2011

    A first visit to a country is often the time when we ‘see’ the most, and our recent brief visit to Nepal certainly afforded some lasting impressions. High Himalayan ranges glistening in the sun contrasting with the air pollution and traffic congestion of Kathmandu; immense cultural, religious and architectural wealth side by side with acute poverty; roads without streetlights or traffic lights, and shops in the city centre lit by candles, (power cuts were increased from 12 to 14 hours per day during our visit).