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.
We also feature:
- A recent IIED webinar that examined how community by-laws can help secure customary land rights to build community unity, improve local land governance, and strengthen claims to traditional lands
- 'Solving 'wicked' problems: can social learning catalyse adaptive responses to climate change?', which incorporates evidence from five initiatives employing social learning approaches using the Climate Change & Social Learning initiative's monitoring and evaluation framework
- IIED at the Convention on Biological Diversity conference in Cancun, Mexico: IIED organised events with partners highlighting work on mainstreaming biodiversity, forest conservation and rural livelihood initiatives, and equity in conservation
- The newly published Spanish version of 'Coffee and carbon offsets for smallholders: can carbon financing promote cleaner coffee in Nicaragua?': Café y créditos de carbono para productores de pequeña escala: ¿las finanzas de carbono pueden promover la producción más limpia de café en Nicaragua?
- 'Local and international collaboration in urban humanitarian responses: perspectives from the Philippines, Colombia and South Sudan', which gives recommendations to improve partnerships that have emerged from case studies involving interviews with local stakeholders carried out in three distinct urban disaster contexts.
Download the following briefings:
- Urban humanitarian response: why local and international collaboration matters
- Realising the SDGs by reflecting on the way(s) we reason, plan and act: the importance of evaluative thinking
- Addressing the specific challenges of transit migration for local organisations
- Beyond trade deals: charting a post-Brexit course for UK investment treaties
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