IIED's 2016/17 annual report highlights the institute's impact

IIED has published its 2016/17 annual report, which focuses on how the institute delivers impact and promotes positive change.

News, 17 October 2017
The front cover of IIED's 2016/17 annual report (Image: IIED)

The front cover of IIED's 2016/17 annual report (Image: IIED)

IIED's 2016/17 annual report shows how the institute is delivering impact at both local and international level, and across a wide range of policy areas.

The report describes key achievements during the year. It sets out how IIED is supporting change, from generating important evidence-based research, to supporting positive dialogues among disparate stakeholders and influencing policymakers at global negotiations. The report describes projects that have helped to deliver climate finance, empower urban communities, give voice to women smallholders and guide climate negotiators.

Introducing the IIED 2016/17 Annual Report, IIED director Andrew Norton said: "We hope the stories in this report demonstrate the value of our approach — and the very real differences that IIED and its partners are making."

The full report is available to download from IIED's Publications Library

The report includes details of a range of projects that have delivered positive outcomes. The stories of change featured in the report include:

  • Influencing local and national strategies on forests
    In Mozambique, IIED has encouraged small-scale loggers to commit to sustainable forest management by getting them to operate  20-year concessions. Following initial successes, Mozambique's National Directorate of Forests wants to roll out this model on a larger scale. The scheme is one of four interventions trialled by IIED and partners to test ways of implementing a global initiative to reduce climate emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). This work has fed in to Mozambique's National REDD+ strategy.
  • Generating evidence about finance for decentralised energy
    IIED worked with Dutch NGO Hivos to generate evidence on the barriers to energy access for the poorest. The research confirmed that not enough funding is being allocated to projects that deliver decentralised energy systems. The Least Developed Countries Group cited these findings at the launch of its Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative. IIED is also advising the United Nations' Sustainable Energy for All initiative on their new research on finance flows.
  • Providing tools to help deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
    The SDGs provide a set of universal goals covering issues from health, education and gender, to forests and food. IIED has worked with the EVALSDGs network to develop practical guides on how to evaluate progress on the SDGs. The guides have been widely read and praised. Professional evaluators report that the work is helping them reframe evaluation to their institutions and governments as not just a technical add-on but as a vital tool for ensuring programme quality.
  • Collaborating on climate change with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)
    National parliaments have a vital role to play in implementing the Paris Agreement. The IPU, an international organisation for national parliaments, asked IIED to develop guidance on how to deliver the goals of the Paris Agreement in national contexts. IIED developed the guidance and shared it at an IPU meeting in Geneva in October and at the 2016 UN climate change talks in Marrakech (COP22).
  • Publishing a toolkit for delegates to the UN climate negotiations
    IIED published a practical guide for new delegates attending the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks. Nearly 350 copies of our guide have been given to those involved in negotiations and it has been downloaded nearly 500 times. The toolkit is now recommended reading for new UK government climate diplomats. 

This report provides rich evidence of the range and quality of IIED's work. - Rebeca Grynspan, chair, IIED

In her introduction to the 2016/17 annual report, IIED chair Rebeca Grynspan says: "This report provides rich evidence of the range and quality of IIED's work. From working to get funding to federations of the urban poor to supporting measures to conserve biodiversity in partnership with communities, this is a unique organisation with a special and important mission in these turbulent times."

Annual report cover thumbnailDownload the full 2016/17 annual report from our Publications Library