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  • Policymakers in Kenya meet with researchers and smallholder farmers to learn about locally appropriate solutions to climate change (Photo: Timothy Mwaura, CIGAR)

    Devolved climate finance approach forges new ways of working between citizens and state

    Devolved climate finance programmes incorporate local knowledge and community priorities into decisions about how climate finance is planned and budgeted. At CBA 12, practitioners will discuss the different components of these programmes, exploring the environment when they are most effective and why, and sharing experiences from several contexts. 

    9 May 2018 | Blog | Climate change
  • Pastoralists discuss strengths and challenges of governance at a conservancy in Kenya. (Photo: Francesca Booker/IIED)

    Assessing governance at protected and conserved areas

    IIED is developing a multi-stakeholder-led methodology for assessing the quality of governance at protected areas and other conserved areas. 

    23 April 2018 | Project | Biodiversity
  • A young Maasai herder sees a future in pastoralism (Photo: gritty.org)

    Responding to climate change in Kenya by strengthening dryland governance and planning

    The Kenya Adaptation Consortium is demonstrating that local climate adaptation planning, supported by county government-managed devolved funds, informed by community priorities and enhanced by climate information services, renders significant benefits for people in poor and marginalised households in the most drought prone areas

    6 March 2018 | Project | Climate change
  • A 'peace wall' in Mukuru, one of the largest slums in Nairobi, Kenya (Photo: Urban ARK)

    A special approach to slum upgrading: the Special Planning Area in Mukuru, Nairobi

    The idea of a Special Planning Area might not immediately be alluring. But for the residents of Mukuru, one of the largest 'slums' in Nairobi, this mundane phrase hides the potential for a radical transformation in their homes and lives

    18 October 2017 | Blog | Urban
  • 2017: pastoralists in Isiolo county in Kenya are digging for water in dried-up river beds. Agricultural insurance schemes can help pastoralists and farmers be more resilient to climate shocks (Photo: Denis Onyodi/KRCS)

    Insuring against climate risk in Kenya

    Vincent Mutie Nzau from the National Treasury of Kenya highlights how innovative approaches to disaster risk finance can help communities manage climate uncertainty

    6 June 2017 | Blog | Climate change
  • Boji Drug Store: financed by the European Union through the Community Development Trust Fund (Photo: John Nyangena)

    Funding local adaptation in Kenya: nationally vs. locally managed funds

    How do nationally and locally managed climate funds compare in creating impact on the ground? Guest blogger John Nyangena weighs up the pros and cons of each approach

    4 December 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • Screenshot from animation explaining how decentralised climate funds operate (Image: Near East Foundation)

    How devolved climate finance can deliver climate resilience at local level

    IIED and partners are highlighting the potential of devolved climate finance to deliver climate funding that is equitable and responsive to the needs of local people.  The organisations say that local climate adaptation planning offers significant benefits, particularly for people in poor and marginalised areas, and have released an animation that explains how decentralised climate funds operate, and the benefits they offer, that will be screened at a side event on devolved climate finance at COP22

    14 November 2016 | News | Climate change
  • Meeting of the Ogiek community of Sasimwani to review their draft by-laws (Photo: Namati/Jaron Vogelsang)

    IIED webinar: Using community by-laws to secure customary land rights in Kenya

    Join us for a webinar on 16 November 2016 to discuss how communities can use by-laws to secure their land rights

    3 November 2016 | News | Land acquisitions and rights
  • Learning route participants interact with local communities in Isiolo, Kenya (Photo: Timothy Mwaura/CGIAR)

    Seven ways to build resilient local economies in fragile contexts

    Approaches developed in Mali, Senegal, Kenya and Tanzania offer insights for building resilience in areas facing risks of climate change, disasters and conflict

    24 August 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • Makueni County: farmers in Kenya learn about crops for climate adaptation planning. Makueni was the first county to enact the new climate finance legislation (Photo: S.Kilungu/CCFAS, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Accessing climate finance in Kenya

    Devolved powers are allowing communities greater access to climate finance in four counties in Kenya

    18 April 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • South Africa President Jacob Zuma speaks to China counterpart Xi Jinping at the FOCAC summit in Sandton, Johannesburg in 2015. China is increasingly influential in Africa (Photo: GCIS/GovernmentZA, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    CSR practices of Chinese businesses in the global South

    Can Chinese business engagement ensure sustainability and benefit the poor? Our research suggests complex factors shape their operations – of which Chinese policies play only a minor role

    31 March 2016 | Blog | Governance
  • A woman explains the importance of guarding against future encroachments on her community's common land in Northern Uganda (Photo: LEMU)

    Protecting land and community resources in Africa

    Rural communities across Africa face a variety of threats to their claims to customary and indigenous land and natural resources. Advocates working to support these communities must draw on a range of experience and expertise. The NGOs Namati and Natural Justice brought together experts to consider the issues and published the results in a new book of 18 case studies

    7 March 2016 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • A welder uses home-made equpiment in Kenya, where the Jua Kali (informal economy) thrives and can solve any problem (Photo: Erik (HASH) Hersman, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Lessons from the informal sector

    Could the informal economy provide the way forward for the green growth agenda? Ahead of an IIED event on 25 February, Mao Amis looks at lessons that can be learned

    24 February 2016 | Blog | Green economy
  • Food vendors give people living in Nairobi's informal settlements easy access to fresh food (Photo: Grace Githiri)

    Nourishing livelihoods: the food vendors sustaining Nairobi's slums

    Selling food in Nairobi's informal settlements can provide cheap meals and create vital livelihoods, especially for women, but these providers are usually ignored and remain invisible

    15 January 2016 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • A typical Kenya milk bar. Packaged milk in supermarkets has been found to be no better at meeting food safety standards than raw milk sold from kiosks (Photo: International Livestock Research Institute, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Lessons in informality from Kenya's dairy sector

    Informal markets are at the heart of many developing country economies, but how can authorities work with the informal sector? A training and certification scheme for Kenya's informal dairy sector provides valuable policy lessons

    3 November 2015 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • Stunted crops in the Kaffrine region of Senegal are the result of a lack of rainfall, jeopardising farmers’ harvests (Photo: Daniella Van Leggelo-Padilla/World Bank, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Local climate adaptation: bridging the funding gap

    Communities often know how to adapt to changes in the climate and extreme weather events but they lack access and control over the funds which could help them put these solutions into practice

    9 July 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • A six-minute film recorded in the Mathare settlement, Narobi, in late April 2015 shows some of the main challenges faced by food vendors living and working inside low-income informal settlements (Image: Paolo Cravero/IIED)

    Informal food vendors: urban food security's invisible experts

    One in three urban citizens in Asia and Africa live in informal settlements. It’s time to consider their priorities when shaping urban food security policies.

    24 June 2015 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Standing alongside IIED senior fellow Saleemul Huq, Evah Wanjiru reads her poem 'Shadows in the child's memories' to participants at CBA9 (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

    Shadows in the child's memories

    The 9th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation featured stanzas as well as sessions and statements; rhyme as well as reason. Here, guest poet Evah Wanjiru shares some environmental verse based on her experiences in Kenya

    7 May 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • The CBA9 participants gather for a group photo on the final day of the conference, shortly after the Nairobi Declaration was announced (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

    CBA9 highlights – day four

    The production of the Nairobi Declaration on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change was the headline news on the fourth and final day of the 9th International Community-Based Adaptation Conference (CBA9) in Nairobi on 30 April

    5 May 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • The Nairobi Declaration will be taken to this year's UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP21) by Fatima Mohamed Hussein, on behalf of the Kenyan government, the conference hosts (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)
  • The bow-tie sporting Tom Tanner, of the Overseas Development Institute, introduces a session assessing whether CBA M&E tools have the 'wow' factor (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

    CBA9 highlights – day three

    Ecosystem-based adaptation was at the top of the agenda on the third day of the 9th International Community-Based Adaptation Conference (CBA9) in Nairobi on 29 April

    30 April 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • Workers build up the banks of the Teesta River in Bangladesh. Bangladesh already spends six per cent of its annual budget on climate change adaptation (Photo: International Rivers, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Musings from a first timer at a CBA conference

    Bangladesh has become a "poster child" for adaptation work. For people working at a national level, attending CBA9 provides an opportunity to learn and share experiences internationally

    30 April 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Pablo Saurez, of the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, interacts with CBA9 delegates as they learn about how to measure and evaluate climate change (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

    CBA9 highlights – day two

    There was a focus on learning through game-playing on the second day of the 9th International Community-Based Adaptation Conference (CBA9) in Nairobi on 28 April

    29 April 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • The Maasai believe that community-managed slaughterhouses can help fight climate change. Here, effluent is stored in ponds (Photo: Hannah Reid/IIED)

    Slaughterhouse five

    Guest blogger Hannah Reid reports back from a CBA9 field trip where she discovered how a slaughterhouse can help fight climate change

    29 April 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • A Maasai elder educates CBA9 participants on the issues he has as part of a woodlot afforestation project (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

    The 9th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to climate change begins in Kenya

    The 9th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA9) will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 27-30 April, 2015

    28 April 2015 | News | Climate change
  • The panel of high-profile speakers at the start of CBA9 (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

    CBA9 highlights – day one

    Judi Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary of Environment, Water and Natural Resources for the Government of Kenya, gave the keynote address as the 9th International Community-Based Adaptation Conference (CBA9) got under way in Nairobi on 27 April

    28 April 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • Sign on community property near Kampala, Uganda (Photo: Rachael Knight/Namati)

    Using the law for resource justice

    Large-scale resource development can threaten people's land and environment. Now a new initiative is bringing grassroots organisations together with international lawyers to fight for resource justice

    28 April 2015 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • CBA9 starts with opening speeches - but will quickly make way for films and games (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

    A community of doers: celebrating the CBA conferences, and looking forward

    As CBA9 delegates convene in Nairobi, Pablo Suarez, associate director at the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre reflects on what makes the conference a regular event in his calendar

    28 April 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Isiolo County, Kenya: dryland areas make up more than 80 per cent of Kenya's land and are home to some four million pastoralists (Photo: James Patison/IIED)

    A new approach to climate resilient drylands agriculture

    A new book that hopes to provide some fresh perspectives on drylands development will be launched in Nairobi on 28 April

    27 April 2015 | News | Communication
  • A Maasai farmer watches farmers carry out afforestation (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

    How to be heard at CBA9

    IIED's communications team is providing comprehensive coverage from the 9th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA9). Kate Wilson outlines why such global exposure is important

    27 April 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Song, dancing & tomatoes were on the agenda when a CBA9 field trip was hosted by the Likia Conservancy Self-Help Group, which showed participants its fish farming and beehives (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

    CBA9 highlights – pre-conference field trips

    A round-up of the CBA9 participants' experiences and photographs during a series of field trips to experience at first hand issues related to community-based adaptation to climate change and measuring and enhancing effective adaptation

    26 April 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • Resource scouts such as Abdelkader, pictured in the Ewaso Ng'iro river bed, Isiolo County, gauge how best to use dry-season grazing areas (Photo: Caroline King-Okumu/IIED)

    The economics of local adaptation in the dryland ecosystems of Isiolo County

    Investments to support pastoralists in Northern Kenya to adapt to the changing climate pay immediate dividends – but the benefits are even greater if the indirect impacts can also be taken into account

    22 April 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Pastoralists in Isiolo County mapping community resources, such as water sources and good grazing areas. This pilot project developed a mechanism that allows local people to identify investments that can build their resilience to climate change. (Photo: James Pattison/IIED)

    Award win highlights collaboration for Kenya climate resilience

    A consortium working to support climate change adaptation in Kenya has won a prestigious UK award. The Adaptation Consortium is a partnership of six organisations, including IIED

    15 April 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • Samburu women fetch water from a catchment tank in Isiolo County, Kenya (Photo: Peter Cacah)

    CBA9: 9th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA9)

    The 9th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to climate change (CBA9) took place in Nairobi, Kenya from 24-30 April, 2015, hosted by the Government of Kenya

    23 December 2014 | Feature | Climate change
  • Leaders of the Southern Aberdare Conservation Network (SACN) discussing support from the Forest and Farm Facility (Photo: Duncan Macqueen/IIED)

    Taking the brakes off forest farm development in Kenya

    Kenya needs to fix a wood demand-supply gap of 12 million m³ per year. So the launch of the Forest Farm Facility in Nariobi on 6 November was timely

    11 November 2014 | Blog | Forests
  • Ol Pejeta Conservancy in northern Kenya is home to four of the seven northern white rhino left in the world. The park is using SAPA as part of its community programme (Photo: Guy Lemal)

    Piloting Social Assessment of Protected Areas: some initial reflections

    With the global forum on protected areas, the World Parks Congress, just two months away, it's a good time to consider our experience with the Social Assessment of Protected Areas (SAPA) initiative

    23 September 2014 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • A Chinese journalist interviews fellow journalists in Kenya (Photo: YiDe Media)

    China-Africa relations: Fresh perspectives from Chinese journalists on environmental challenges

    By increasing Chinese reporting on Africa, its public can learn about the environmental and development challenges associated with Chinese investment and consumption decisions

    2 May 2014 | Blog | Communication
  • A woman scoops water in a dry riverbed near Kataboi village in the Turkana region of Northern Kenya (Photo: Marisol Grandon/DFID via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

    Kenya's new climate fund listens to community ideas for building resilience

    "Climate consists of so many things to us," says Ibrahim Shone, a pastoralist in Isiolo County in Northern Kenya. "It's not only weather, it's also about how we prepare for droughts and diseases, and find enough grass for our animals. These things change with the seasons."

    3 April 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • Top: Sohel Ahmed and colleague prepare to release the balloon; bottom: Some of the photographs taken from the air (Photos: Sohel Ahmed)

    Up in the air: Citizen scientists map food dangers in Nairobi

    A balloon, a camera and some interviews are helping researchers map a hidden aspect of food insecurity in an informal settlement in Nairobi

    31 March 2014 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Somali and Boran pastoralists came together to discuss ways to share water resources at a meeting this month. (Credit: James Pattison)

    Kenya: The importance of cross-border dialogue in the drylands

    A meeting between two pastoralist groups has reduced tensions over grazing land and could lead to a cross-county platform for negotiating access to resources during droughts

    19 March 2014 | Blog | Drylands and pastoralism
  • Senbetge, in Ethiopia's Amhara region is prone to droughts and flooding. Credit: EC DG ECHO (Creative Commons Licence)

    Six nations to share progress on measuring adaptation to climate change

    The governments of six countries will share their experiences of assessing the effectiveness and developmental impacts of climate change adaptation, at an international meeting in Kenya on 24-27 March.

    19 March 2014 | News | Climate change
  • Knowledge gained from interviews carried out in Kenya by Chinese journalists will be presented to a meeting in Beijing (Photo: Angelo DeSantis via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

    Chinese journalists to share learning from reporting trip to Kenya

    Six Chinese journalists who won fellowships to report from Kenya will share their experiences at a meeting in Beijing on 21 March

    18 March 2014 | News | Communication
  • Community-based conservation has worked for black rhinos (Photo: Park Street Pro via http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

    Wanted: Community wildlife conservation success stories

    Ensuring local communities benefit from wildlife is key to successful conservation in the long term and can also help to fight the illegal wildlife trade. Share your community success stories with us on World Wildlife Day.

    3 March 2014 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • IIED staff and partners gather to give feedback to planned presentations (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

    Communications learning week (February 2014): highlights

    From 24-28 February, members of the International Institute for Environment and Development communications department organised a series of sessions to explore common themes with partners in Kenya and Ethiopia.

    13 February 2014 | Article | Communication
  • People living amid the arid terrain of Wajir in Kenya will benefit from the expansion of a pilot project (Photo: Oxfam East Africa via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

    Kenyan local climate fund's success heralds expansion to 29% of nation

    A pilot project to support adaptation to climate change at the local level in Kenya's Isiolo County has been such a success that it is being replicated in four more counties, to cover a combined 29 per cent of the nation. The move is significant as it shows how county governments could access global climate finance, which is set to rise to US$100 billion a year by 2020.

    24 January 2014 | News | Climate change
  • Maps drawn by community groups before being transferred to a geo-referenced satellite map projected on a wall (Photo: James Pattinson)

    Maps that build bridges

    Thanks to digital participatory mapping, pastoralists are proud of their local knowledge and policymakers want to act on it.

    19 December 2013 | Article | Drylands and pastoralism
  • Identifying social impacts at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya (Photo: Phil Franks/IIED)

    Assessing social impacts of protected areas

    The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) has developed and tested a relatively simple, low cost methodology for assessing the positive and negative social impacts of protected areas, and is now supporting its roll-out.

    16 August 2013 | Project | Biodiversity
  • Community maps reveal rich resources of land policymakers think is empty

    Misperceptions of the drylands as barren and empty are leading to their mismanagement. An IIED mapping project aims to create a clearer picture of their value to pastoralists.

    25 April 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • A man walks with his roaming goats.

    Current policy narratives limit climate resilience in world’s dry regions

    Partial narratives that underpin policymaking prevent people in arid regions from fulfilling their potential to provide food and sustain resilient livelihoods in a changing climate.

    19 April 2013 | News | Drylands and pastoralism
  • Share the love this Valentine’s day with fairer flowers and chocolates

    Here’s a step by step guide to the issues so you can both impress your lover with lovely blooms or choccies and your new-found knowledge on how to share the love more widely.

    13 February 2013 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  •  A woman makes clothes for SOKO, a Kenyan textiles supplier that combines fashion manufacturing with bettering local livelihoods.

    SOKO: Learning lessons on how to add value to the East African apparel sector

    With London Fashion week almost here, the fashion industry can learn lessons from SOKO, a Kenyan textiles supplier, on how to produce great fashion that also improves local livelihoods.

    11 February 2013 | Blog | Green economy
  • Traders take matooke to market

    Resilient Dynamism? An informal word with leaders meeting in Davos

    Political and business leaders gathering in Davos will discuss ‘resilient dynamism’, but their distrust of informal economies is a missed opportunity.

    22 January 2013 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • Solar panels on a floating school, Bangladesh

    Understanding the political economy of the Climate Investment Funds

    IIED is examining the ideas, resources and ‘power dynamics’ that shape how the Climate Investment Funds achieve development impacts. Together, these factors make up the ‘political economy’, and examining them will help governments and development organisations understand how climate investment funds can best bring about the transformational change the funds aim for.

    17 December 2012 | Project | Climate change
  • A screenshot from the Education for Nomads: Voices of the people video (Image: IIED)

    Educating nomads

    IIED temporarily hosted the design phase of the Education for Nomads programme between October 2009 and September 2010. This was while the institutional arrangements for its management were transferred from SOS Sahel UK to the Ministry of State for the Development of Northern Kenya and Other Arid Lands in Kenya

    17 December 2012 | Project | Climate change
  • A group of farmers carry pails of water over a rocky trail to their drought stricken Jianwa village in Henan Province, China.

    Advocating for policies and laws that support adaptive management

    The drylands need a new policy narrative — one based on good understanding of dryland ecology and economics, and one that aims for more equitable outcomes for the people who live there.

    17 December 2012 | Article | Climate change
  • Discussing climate resilience in Kinna, northern Kenya.

    How do we tell whether climate change adaptation is making headway?

    IIED and its partners are developing tailored frameworks to help developing countries evaluate their climate adaptation investments.

    6 December 2012 | Blog | Climate change
  • People spread cocoa beans on a drying table in Ghana.

    New business models can spell success for African farmers

    A major international project has provided insights into how small-scale farmers in Africa can improve their livelihoods by building sustainable trading relations with international businesses in the food industry.

    19 November 2012 | News | Food and agriculture
  • New fund to help Kenyan communities adapt to climate change

    On 29 October, the government of Kenya will launch a new fund to help communities in the north of the country adapt to climate change and other development challenges.

    26 October 2012 | News | Climate change
  • Pastoralists with their goats in Niger.

    Why following the herd can be good for Kenyan media

    Kenya’s pastoralists have an image problem. Their negative depiction by the Kenyan media ignores their knowledge and skills, which have led them to become a cornerstone of the country’s economy.

    11 October 2012 | Blog | Drylands and pastoralism
  • A man leads a herd of camels with the sun setting behind them.

    What’s in a narrative? In policy, everything or nothing

    Narrative means story, right? But not if you work on development policy, where narrative means something quite different: a framework for action, but one that can create problems if left to roll like a stone down a hill on its own.

    28 September 2012 | Blog | Communication
  • A smallholder farmer stands by a bunch of sunflowers in Thika, Kenya.

    How markets can bloom for Africa's smallholder farmers

    New deals between flower-growers in Kenya and big retailers such as Walmart offer African farmers a chance to expand.

    6 September 2012 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • A farmer tending his sunflowers in Kenya. Credit: Abbi Buxton

    A day in the life of a commercial consultant

    Find out how IIED, a Kenyan flower business and a consultant get flowers grown by smallholder Kenyan farmers onto the shelves of a UK supermarket.

    14 February 2012 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • A young parliamentarian addresses the Shadow Children’s Parliament in Lesotho, Credit: World Vision Lesotho

    What makes a citizen?

    Citizenship is a topical issue in the UK: it’s a compulsory school curriculum subject and immigrants are required to sit a Citizenship exam to show their knowledge of their adoptive country. But what does `being a citizen’ really mean?

    9 January 2012 | Blog | Governance
  • New business models for sustainable trade

    Millions of farmers in Africa depend on export markets for their livelihoods. But recent market trends have led to declining small farmer participation. Yet, these farmers have the skill and soil to provide the high-quality products the food industry seeks. This collaborative initiative engaged with research, civil society and private sector partners to develop new business models across a variety of sectors that enable smallholders to participate in sustainable trading relationships with international businesses and thereby improve their livelihoods.

    30 September 2008 | Project | Food and agriculture
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