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  • An aerial view of dozens of shack housing in close proximity, with colourful roofs

    Bridging the urban adaptation finance gap

    To the concern about the very large urban adaptation finance gap must be added the worry that what finance exists does little to support local governments and civil society in urban communities

    25 April 2022 | Blog | Economics
  • People sitting in front of a table with bags on it

    How India’s civil society rose up in the face of COVID-19

    As the pandemic overwhelmed India’s public systems and cut off the livelihoods of millions, civil society organisations offered a lifeline to the cities’ poorest and most vulnerable residents

    12 July 2021 | Blog | Urban
  • IIED senior associate Halina Ward, centre, at the Bond session on disruption and resilience in the global South

    Disruption and resilience in the global South

    How can civil society organisations best collaborate to bring about major change in an era of disruption? A vision supported by IIED was delivered at the 2017 Bond conference

    29 March 2017 | Article | Policy and planning
  • What lies in store for the Earth in 2017? (Photo: Charles Strebor, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Fighting for the future – sustainable development and the battle for ideas in 2017

    Following the landmark global agreements on sustainable development sealed in 2015, including the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change, the end of 2016 prompted the question: can the world sustain this hard-fought momentum?

    4 January 2017 | Blog | Climate change
  • A black swan (Photo: Pete Jordan, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Civil society organisations in the global South and disruptive change: implications for funders

    Southern civil society organisations increasingly face numerous disruptive forces and are often effective sources of necessary disruption themselves. Halina Ward and Tom Bigg explore how funders can support these organisations in ever more uncertain times

    23 December 2016 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • Understanding disruptive change is vital for Southern civil society organisations, and organisations such as IIED can help partners (Image: IIED)

    Mapping the disruptive change ecosystem for Southern CSOs

    Getting good at disruption has become a key challenge for Southern civil society organisations (CSOs) – and it's very different from the methods taught by business leaders. A three-day retreat at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center explored what it takes for Southern CSOs to get good at disruption

    21 December 2016 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • A typhoon hits shanties in Manila. Urban governments, which are already struggling to provide basic infrastructure services, also need to build resilience to climate change (Photo: Ernie Penaredondo/Global Water Partnership, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    The SDGs and 'a new urban agenda'?

    If the world delivers on the Sustainable Development Goals, will IIED be out of a job? The SDGs may have a lot to say about what needs to be achieved but not about how, by whom and with what funding and support. There is hardly any mention of local government and local civil society. But you cannot meet the commitments listed above or indeed most of the other goals and targets in urban areas without their support.

    8 September 2015 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • Reacting quickly to events, as these 100m runners are to the starting pistol at the 2012 Olympic Games, is just as essential in communications (Photo: Marc, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Why communication matters – and needs to be funded

    DFID's civil society partnership review consultation is encouraging us all to think about how we do things differently. Liz Carlile looks at the changing role for communications

    8 September 2015 | Blog | Communication
  • Community representatives gather together to record their knowledge about dryland resources as part of a participatory mapping process in Isiolo County, Kenya. (Photo: James Pattison/IIED)

    Strengthening civil society to support natural resource management

    A new report finds that civil society organisations in Africa struggle to get the support they need to play an effective role in natural resource management and conservation.

    29 July 2015 | Blog | Governance
  • The solar panels at this rural health centre in Uzbekistan help provide power for electricity and heating. A safe, reliable and affordable energy supply allows the clinic to improve the quality of medical services it can offer (Photo: UNDP in Uzbekistan, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Civil society coalition calls for inclusive Sustainable Energy for All agenda

    At the second annual UN Sustainable Energy for All Forum (SE4ALL), held in New York 18-22 May, a group of 26 civil society organisations (CSOs) from around the world are calling for the SE4ALL initiative to ensure civil society can participate effectively in national and regional decision-making processes

    18 May 2015 | News | Energy
  • A rally protesting against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) takes place in Wellington, New Zealand (Photo: Neil Ballantyne, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    The rise of civil society advocacy on investment treaties in Malaysia and the Philippines

    Investment treaties can have far-reaching implications for communities, but how can citizens in low- and medium-income countries influence their content? An IIED webinar examined the role of civil society advocacy on investment treaties in Malaysia, the Philippines and beyond

    26 March 2015 | Blog | Law
  • Paris, January 2015: More than one million people march against terrorism (Photo: Olivier Ortelpa, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Rushing into a new year

    In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, IIED director Camilla Toulmin looks at the promises and challenges for the year ahead

    13 January 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Nine toolkits are available to share the experiences of Southern networks carrying out climate change advocacy (Image: Southern Voices)

    It's getting hot here: Southern advocacy to address climate change

    A new advocacy toolkit aims to close the gap between the science and the lacklustre ambition and action by the public and policy makers on climate change

    9 January 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • A member of the Sekonyer community gets ready for a day on the Sekonyer river in Borneo, close to the site of recent conflict between a palm oil company and RSPO member and the local community (Photo: Rainforest Action Network via Creative Commons)

    Paving a path towards redressing grievances and holding investors accountable

    How can remote communities with little formal education hold investors to account and seek redress when their rights to land and resources are threatened? An IIED webinar examined the role of grievance mechanisms

    7 January 2015 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • A group of men having a discussion

    Legal tools: sharing lessons from innovation

    Around the world, citizens' groups are taking action to change the way investments in natural resources are happening, to protect the rights of citizens and the environment for a fairer and more sustainable world. The Legal Tools for Citizen Empowerment initiative shares tools and tactics among practitioners

    9 October 2014 | Article | Land acquisitions and rights
  • IIED senior fellow will speak at the UN Secretary General's climate summit in September (Photo: Mike Goldwater/IIED)

    Saleem selected for UN climate summit

    IIED senior fellow Saleemul Huq has been chosen as one of 38 civil society representatives to attend the UN Secretary General's climate summit

    9 September 2014 | News | Climate change
  • Extractive industry workers are pictured on a beach; a new report recommends that transparency initiatives need to be more inclusive and relevant to local needs for communities most affected by oil, gas or mining projects (Photo: Images)

    Transparency: Giving local communities a window on the extractive industries

    Why transparency initiatives need to be more inclusive and relevant to local needs for communities most affected by oil, gas or mining projects

    28 May 2014 | Blog | Energy
  • The Roșia Poieni copper mine in Romania, one of the largest copper reserves in Europe (Photo: Cristian Bortes via Creative Commons

    Investor-state arbitration: Lessons from civil society advocacy

    How can civil society promote public awareness and scrutiny? Two civil society practitioners recently shared their experiences during IIED's second Legal Tools webinar

    19 May 2014 | Blog | Law
  • People from Zimbabwe sit under a tree with a concrete building behind.

    Civil society plays key role in policymaking in a changing climate

    Civil society plays key roles in pushing for new laws, programmes, policies or strategies on climate change, in holding governments to account on their commitments; in identifying the lack of joined-up government responses to climate change; and in ensuring that national policy making does not forget the poor and vulnerable.

    21 May 2012 | News | Climate change
  • The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative: "No more hanky panky"

    A global initiative requiring public reporting of revenues from extractive industries could go further

    11 March 2011 | Blog | Governance
  • The Ring alliance

    The Ring was an alliance of 13 established and renowned policy research organisations promoting sustainable development through collaborative research, dissemination and policy advocacy

    29 September 2008 | Project | Sustainable markets
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