World leaders who sought the advice of IIED founder, who would have been 100 on 23 May 2014, included two US presidents, and several UK prime ministers and heads of state from Africa and Asia
On 23 May 2014, the International Institute for Environment and Development marked 100 years since the birth of its founder, Barbara Ward with a range of articles, interviews and videos
A community protests against illegal land development in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia (Photo: World Resources Institute via Flickr)

Land is central to livelihoods, culture and identity for millions of people across the developing world. But there is growing concern that people's connection to their land is being undermined

Kalimantan, Indonesia: A community leader discusses resistance to a logging company building a large oil palm plantation. The banner in the background demands that the company return the community’s rights (Photo: Rainforest Action Network via Flickr)

Citizens' groups are taking action to change the way investments in natural resources are happening. The legal tools for citizen empowerment initiative explores and shares tactics and lessons

A community in the Philippines protesting against a mining project in their area holds up their resolutions against the plans, developed through the support of paralegals who provided them with legal advice

Investments in agriculture and extractive industries can create new opportunities and risks for local communities. New pressures on land require communities to develop new resources and capabilities

Large scale oil palm plantations in Borneo. It is estimated that two thirds of Indonesia’s palm oil production is managed by multinational companies (Photo: Rainforest Action Network via Creative Commons)

Many countries have seen large-scale acquisitions of land for plantation agriculture. Improving accountability is critical to ensure that investment processes respond to local needs and aspirations

A small-scale farmer in Tanzania. Insecure rights and weak land governance are major challenges to ensuring that local landholders benefit from agricultural investments (Photo: Alun McDonald/Oxfam)

As commercial pressures on land increase in East and West Africa, there is a need for evidence and action on gender-equitable land governance

Indigenous landholders, sharecroppers and migrant tenant farmers (Photo: Emily Polack/IIED)

To promote inclusive sustainable development, IIED works with partners to rethink these legal documents and the process through which they are formulated.

The café/club.
The Meeting Place at IIED is a welcoming, flexible and creative venue for holding meetings, debates, brainstorming sessions, seminars, training courses, briefings and presentations.
A woman walks along a bamboo walkway in Iloilo, Philippines.
A new study of a major urban safety campaign launched by the UN two years ago has found that political leadership is more important than a city’s wealth when it comes to protecting the lives and economic assets of cities and towns from disasters.
A church under construction sits on a verdant green field with dark grey storm clouds behind.
IIED's report summarises what leading thinkers — including government ministers, business leaders, senior scientists and environmentalists, UN agency staff and representatives of community organisations and indigenous peoples — said at IIED’s two-day conference in Rio de Janeiro, on 16-17 June.


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