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News, 3 January 2016
Read the December edition of the IIED newsletter, rounding up all of our coverage, publications, blogs and news from last month.

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In our latest newsletter, we start with a fascinating blog by Jockin Arputham, president of Slum/Shack Dwellers International and founder of the National Slum Dwellers Federation in India. He explains how slum dwellers themselves collect data on local needs down to the ward level, and therefore are best placed to show to government officials where there are gaps in local provision.  

Continuing with the local level theme, we also explore how the County Climate Change Fund legislation approach enables local communities in Kenya to directly access climate finance from international and domestic sources. John Nyangena, policy analyst at the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis, reports on research findings comparing two different approaches to distributing climate funds locally

We also report back from a side event at the COP22 UN climate talks at which IIED and partners presented new research showing how indigenous people are using traditional knowledge to counter growing threats to food security in the face of climate change. 

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