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  • Woman bends over to put a small plastic cup in a cooking pot, which is on a stove.

    Tailored cooking solutions to close the gender gap

    An IIED study in Kitui, Kenya, explores how understanding households’ cooking needs can help improve the uptake of improved cooking devices and promote gender justice in the cooking space

    11 April 2022 | Blog | Energy
  • A man stands behind a desk raising an object in the air as he makes a demonstration to people seated in a semi-circle around him.

    Which green energy technologies will boost jobs and income? Farmers in Kitui, Kenya decide

    Informed by the needs and priorities of local communities, a project in Kitui county, Kenya has been exploring how green energy technologies can create employment and generate more profit for agriculture and poultry farmers

    7 April 2022 | Blog | Energy
  • View of a busy street with clothes stalls and shops and people walking.

    Research with refugees: taking care not to cut a long story short

    Protocols for ethical research are essential for upholding key principles. But the practicalities of applying these protocols raised questions and challenges during a research project with refugees in a Nairobi trade hub.

    28 February 2022 | Blog | Urban
  • An aerial view of Nairobi, with slums in the foreground alongside green space

    Tomorrow’s cities: reducing disaster risk for the poor

    Through the urban disaster risk hub, IIED is working with partners to help cities in low-and-middle income countries transition from crisis management to multi-hazard, risk-informed planning and decision making

    24 February 2022 | Project | Poverty
  • A group of men and women wearing masks stand around a device being demonstrated by a man.

    Energy enabling green development and recovery in Kitui County, Kenya

    IIED and partners are strengthening the Kitui County government’s capacity for co-creating energy plans and designs with communities. The project focuses on emissions reductions and resilience in agriculture and livestock, and the additional barriers that female farmers face to success

    16 February 2022 | Project | Energy
  • A large group of people sit on the floor in the shade from a tree

    Establishing a biocultural heritage territory to protect Kenya’s Kaya forests

    This project aims to protect biodiversity and improve livelihoods in the Mijikenda’s sacred Kaya forest landscapes in Kenya. It will establish a biocultural heritage territory that empowers Kaya elders to enforce traditional conservation rules and promote agroecological practices

    9 February 2022 | Project | Biodiversity
  • Aerial view of an informal settlement and an urban centre in the background

    Rethinking household surveys reveals true picture of health inequality

    Groundbreaking work by a Nairobi-based research institute, the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), shows the scale of health inequality in Nairobi and its informal settlements

    18 January 2022 | Blog | Urban
  • Busy road with people and motorbikes.

    Film exploring the lives of urban refugees wins best documentary at Kenyan film festival

    A hard-hitting film telling the stories of Nairobi’s urban refugees in their own words has won best documentary at the Eldoret Film Festival. Made by young Kenyans in an informal settlement, IIED premiered the film in September 2020, timed to coincide with the opening of the UN General Assembly

    14 December 2021 | News | Urban
  • Man wearing traditional clothing holds a plate with potatoes.

    Indigenous Peoples’ food systems and COVID-19

    In the run up to the UN Food Systems Summit in September 2021, the International Network of Mountain Indigenous

    19 August 2021 | Event | Biodiversity
  • Landscape of fields and forest
  • Fledgling mangroves with a woman on the right of the image

    Devolved Climate Finance (DCF) Alliance

    An alliance of government and non-government organisations is promoting a mechanism for delivering climate finance to the local level for inclusive climate adaptation

    28 January 2021 | Article | Climate change
  • View of a field and a farm.

    Towards planet and people-positive agriculture in East Africa

    IIED and partners are reviewing the state of planet and people-positive agriculture in Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda to identify entry points for environmentally sound agriculture and food systems that create social and economic benefits

    24 November 2020 | Project | Food and agriculture
  • Men and women sitting around a table, writing on poster-like papers

    Inclusive and integrated energy planning in Kitui County, Kenya

    IIED and partners are supporting the Kitui county government in Kenya to develop an integrated energy plan using our ‘Energy Delivery Model’ approach

    21 September 2020 | Project | Energy
  • A view from above of densely packed homes.

    Film launch: Protracted displacement and urban crises

    On Monday, 28 September 2020, IIED premiered a film telling the stories of urban refugees in Kenya. This event was held to coincide with the opening of the UN General Assembly and featured a Q&A with the documentary makers and other urban experts

    21 September 2020 | Event | Urban
  • Two women sitting down and speaking to each other.

    Sustaining coffee producers’ agency in the context of COVID-19

    Vava Coffee is social enterprise seeking to create positive social and economic change in Kenya’s coffee industry, the implications of COVID-19 and possible solutions for sustaining progress

    4 August 2020 | Blog | Gender
  • An elderly woman in a field holds crops in the air with both hands

    Indigenous food systems, biocultural heritage and agricultural resilience

    IIED is working with partners in the UK, China, India and Kenya to establish a new partnership and network for interdisciplinary research on indigenous food systems. The aim is to link humanities academics, agriculture researchers and indigenous peoples to design new interdisciplinary research on indigenous food systems past and present, from farm to plate, and enhance evidence on the role of indigenous crops in agricultural resilience

    6 April 2020 | Project | Biodiversity
  • A group of people holding a tree seedling

    Harnessing the power of bees to benefit forest and people

    To mark the International Day of Forests earlier this week, we’re sharing a story about a beekeeping project that’s helping to conserve Kenya’s Loitokitok forest and support the surrounding community

    26 March 2020 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Three elephants eating

    Critical theme: Can insurance promote human wildlife co-existence?

    Join us for a discussion about the potential role of insurance in mitigating human-wildlife conflict.

    4 March 2020 | Event | Biodiversity
  • People planting trees

    Planting pilot has vision to nurture young tree ambassadors

    Guest blogger Joanes Ooko Odero reports from Kenya on a new tree-planting initiative

    11 February 2020 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Men present findings on a large map at the front of a community meeting

    How can we incorporate local knowledge into climate planning and policy? …Maps!

    In Kenya, participatory mapping makes it possible for indigenous knowledge to be included in planning and policy where for too long it was excluded, showing technology can bring people’s voices to power

    17 January 2020 | Blog | Climate change
  • Water with open sewage is stagnant in a built up area

    Planning for reality in one of Nairobi’s largest ‘slums’

    High levels of participation and a readiness to reconsider conventional approaches have led to promising plans to upgrade the Mukuru informal settlement in Nairobi

    4 December 2019 | Blog | Urban
  • Women fetching water at a water kiosk

    Supporting adaptation through local-level climate finance: lessons from Kenya

    Kenya’s transformational County Climate Change Fund (CCCF) mechanism demonstrates how to get climate funds to the local level and involve the people who are most vulnerable to the hazards of a changing climate in deciding how to spend them

    24 September 2019 | Blog | Climate change
  • Green beans stacked into in a cardboard box

    Rebalancing power in the Kenya-UK green bean value chain

    Farmers and workers often struggle to influence decision-making and trading patterns within global value chains. A recent IIED webinar discussed an initiative to overcome hurdles for farmers and workers to secure a stronger voice and influence trading arrangements within the Kenya-UK green bean value chain

    9 September 2019 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • 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 CBA12, 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 (GAPA)

    IIED has developed and is now rolling out a relatively simple, low-cost tool for assessing the quality of governance at protected or conserved areas

    23 April 2018 | Project | Biodiversity
  • A man herds goats amid the dust

    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)

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

    This webinar on 16 November 2018 discussed how communities can use by-laws to secure their land rights

    3 November 2016 | Event | Land acquisitions and rights
  • A community discusses water and energy challenges in Alango, Kenya (Photo: Ibrahim Jarso, Resource Advocacy Program)

    Participatory investment planning for environment, water and energy in the dryland of northern Kenya

    Water availability is variable and unpredictable in the drylands, where energy options and ecosystem processes differ from those in more humid environments. These environmental characteristics can have a positive or negative effect on human activities and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    25 August 2016 | Project | Climate change
  • 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
  • Group of people listening to a man talking

    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

    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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 | News | 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 | News | 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

    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
  • Community-based conservation has worked for black rhinos (Photo: Park Street Pro via

    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

    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

    Assessing social impacts of protected and conserved areas (SAPA)

    IIED has developed and is now rolling out a relatively simple, low-cost tool for assessing the positive and negative social impacts of protected or conserved areas

    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 male shepherdwith a stick leads dozens of sheep winding behind him on a dusty trail

    Valuing variability

    Dryland communities have learnt to harness the variability of their highly unpredictable environments to support sustainable and productive economies, societies and ecosystems. In the face of climate change, development policy everywhere should draw on their knowledge and experience

    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
  • 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 small farmers were missing out on this market

    30 September 2008 | Project | Food and agriculture
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