IIED Debates

IIED Debates create a space for conversation on key and current sustainable development issues. 

A person speaking to a room full of people.

The IIED Debates series shifted online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It features expert panels in discussion with participants from across the world (Image: IIED)

This series of events offers insight into the world’s most pressing challenges and creates an opportunity to debate and explore solutions.

Through the convening of expert speakers and external stakeholders, IIED brings together an international community to discuss critical issues. By increasing our reach we hope to listen to and learn from broader audiences and perspectives and together move the agenda forward.

IIED Debates encompass both physical and digital events, including critical themes, breakfast debriefs and webinars. These events are public and are hosted regularly throughout the year in our London and Edinburgh offices and online. See a full list of events.

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Watch a playlist of videos of the events in the IIED Debates series below and on IIED's YouTube channel.  


Archive of IIED Debates

Making finance flow for locally-led action in the Decade of Action
25 May 2022 | This online Stockholm+50 event will see a report launch on finance supporting locally-led action for people, nature and climate.

Why women are footing the bill for climate: lessons from Bangladesh
19 May 2022 | This online event explored the intersection of climate and gender inequality and the financial burden of climate adaptation on women.

Citizen participation in planning: from the neighbourhood to the city
24 November 2021 | This online event reflected on the needs and challenges of citizen participation in the planning and development of informal settlements.

COP26 debrief: where do we go from here?
24 November 2021 | This online event reflected on the outcomes of COP26 and how they responded to the priorities of the 46 least developed countries.

Towards a nature positive economic recovery post COVID-19
23 November 2021 | This online event shared emerging insights from a global analysis on integrating nature into COVID-19 recovery plans and budgets.

If the digital world doesn’t consider gender equality is that progress?
27 October 2021 | This online event considered how to make a digital world more gender inclusive and how we can use digital technology to create equal opportunities for women and men and drive true progress.

Tackling climate change in fragile states and protracted crisis situations
18 October 2021 | This online event explored what role humanitarian agencies can play in tackling climate change in protracted crisis situations.

Why eat wild meat? Insights from Africa and lessons for COVID-19 responses
4 August, 2021 | This online event explored why people eat wild meat and how to design interventions that can help improve sustainability and safety.

A green recovery for inclusion: debt relief and special drawing rights for climate action
7 July, 2021 | This online event explored how special drawing rights can be reallocated to support climate-vulnerable countries.

Community-led housing: a pathway for more caring and just urban futures
24 June, 2021 | With the loss of livelihoods and income due to COVID-19 having increased housing insecurity across the world, this online event explored the role of community-led initiatives in solving the global housing crisis.

Productive uses of energy: what does it take to stimulate demand
23 June, 2021 | This online event explored how productive uses of energy are being promoted and supported in East Africa to help communities develop their economies.

A triple win: managing debt, climate and nature in the pandemic recovery
30 March, 2021 | This online event explored emerging research into sustainable and innovative post-pandemic debt management with outcomes for nature and climate.

China, ecological civilisation, and green economy vision: 2021 and beyond
March 1, 2021 | This online event will explore the role of ‘eco-civilisation’ in China’s environmental leadership and what is required for China to become a global force for green economic transition in 2021 and beyond.

LDC reflections of 2020: climate action, ambition and the path forward
January 28, 2021 | This online event heard perspectives and reflections on 2020 and priorities for 2021 with climate leaders from the least developed countries.

Energy, finance and community business – where is the money?
30 November 2020 | This online event explored what mechanisms can enable community businesses and farmers to access the financing they need to grow their businesses by using energy productively

Why inclusion matters for a green post-COVID recovery
27 November 2020 | This online event, hosted in partnership with the Green Economy Coalition, brought together partners from Peru and India to discuss how citizen-led dialogues can generate more effective policy and accelerate the green recovery

Food systems of the poor: shaping the agenda for the Food Systems Summit
25 November 2020 | In the lead up to the UN Food Systems Summit in 2021, this IIED event on 25 November featured lessons on how food systems transformation can be relevant for people living in poverty

COVID-19, debt relief, and the climate and biodiversity crises
9 September 2020 | This online event discussed how debt relief can be addressed through climate and nature programme swaps.

Land, investment and migration: a portrait of village life in Mali
17 June 2020 | This online event discussed how people survive and thrive in the uncertain and risk-prone Sahel, through the findings of a long-term study on the village of Dlonguebougou.

Closing the gap: financing the transition towards an inclusive blue economy
10 June 2020 | This online event discussed how to mobilise public and private finance to enable the transition to a sustainable and inclusive blue economy.

Nature-based solutions for climate change: from global ambition to local action
22 May 2020 | This online event discussed how we can translate the global ambition around nature-based solutions for climate change into local action.

Climate activism in the time of COVID-19
14 May 2020 | This online event discussed how the climate movement has mobilised online and whether the long-term goals of activism will change as a result of this global shock.

Gender inequalities in social protection – people, households and climate adaptation
2 April 2020 | This online event explored the role of social protection schemes and how they can incorporate climate-resilience objectives and respond to the different needs of women and men.

Critical theme: Small-scale farming and the future of the European food system
22 January 2020 | This event discussed how small farms fit in the future context of the UK and European food system.

IIED debrief: COP25 and what it means for the climate crisis
14 January 2020 | This event examined what blocked progress and discussed what needs to happen over the coming year in order to deliver success at the climate summit in Glasgow in November 2020.

Other IIED events

IIED organises or helps to organise a range of events across its work. Some of the major events include:

  • Barbara Ward Lectures – a biannual event that honours IIED founder Barbara Ward by celebrating outstanding women in development 
  • Development and Climate Days – an annual gathering, organised with partners during the United Nations climate change talks, that links the issues of climate change and development, and promotes dialogue, information sharing and informal discussion
  • Community-based Adaptation conferences – a flagship IIED event organised with partners focused on empowering communities to use their own knowledge and decision-making processes to take action on climate change. 


Juliette Tunstall (juliette.tunstall@iied.org), internal engagement and external events officer, IIED's Communications Group

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