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Shaping sustainable markets

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  • Seeds collected from a farm in Chiapas, Mexico, for replanting and use in traditional medicine. (Photo: Ina Porras)

    Conditional transfers for poverty reduction and ecosystem management

    Market-based instruments, such as payments for ecosystem services (PES) and conditional social transfers (CSTs), can be used to promote social and environmental objectives. This project will look at PES and CST schemes at both national and sub-national levels in eight countries. The aim is to inform the design of practical solutions for tackling poverty and improving ecosystems.

    26 April 2016 | Project | Biodiversity
  • Early morning in Dogo, West Java, Indonesia: getting low-cost furniture ready for selling on the street corner (Photo: Ikhlasul Amal, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Formalising the informal

    What does it mean to 'formalise' the informal sector? Discussions at an informality event with our partners revealed some of the barriers to successful formalisation and examples of what works

    30 March 2016 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • Women in Ahmedabad, India, collect rubbish from 6,656 households that make up the slum area of Juna Vadaj, illustrating the energy and innovation that informal economies can bring to the sustainable development agenda (Photo: Pritpal Randhawa for STEPs)

    Development frontiers

    A workshop organised by research funders highlighted how innovative solutions must be found for the 'wicked' problems we face today

    21 March 2016 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • Chris at his roadside food stall. His day starts at 4pm and lasts until 10pm (Photo: Sven Torfinn/Panos. Pictures for IIED and Hivos)

    Photo exhibition highlights varied and vibrant informal economies

    Photos exhibited at a recent conference on informal economies and green growth show people working in the informal sector in eight countries

    18 March 2016 | Blog | Green economy
  • Villagers in Chitral protest about unreliable electricity supplies (Photo: Ground Report, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Crucial role of civil society in campaigning for universal energy access

    IIED senior researcher Sarah Best focused on the important role of civil society organisations (CSOs) can play in advancing universal energy access when she spoke at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

    16 March 2016 | News | Energy
  • Participants in a focus group for smallholder farmers and land administrators in Mali (Photo: Emily Polack/IIED)

    What makes community engagement meaningful in the extractive industries?

    Getting community engagement right – making sure it is ‘meaningful’ – is critical to the social licence to operate for oil, gas and mining projects

    14 March 2016 | Blog | Energy
  • Women selling fish in Nyakrom, Central Ghana. The food economy is the largest informal sector in West Africa (Photo: aripeskoe2, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Green grows the informal economy

    An event on the informal sector and the green economy established six principles for a new policy agenda on inclusive green growth

    10 March 2016 | Blog | Green economy
  • 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
  • A street barber in Kolkata, India. It is estimated that the city has nearly 2m street traders (Photo: Nicolas Mirguet, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    The other half of the future – business' informal sector

    Small businesses, not least those in the informal sector, have a crucial role to play in sustainable development, as an IIED conference will explore.

    4 February 2016 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • Surveys of the priorities of the private sector often ignore vital informal economies, such as this one in Hanoi (Photo: Bill Vorley/IIED)

    Shaking up the private sector

    The private sector has a key role to play in the new sustainable development agenda, says IIED's Mick Blowfield, but let's keep multinationals' commitment to change in perspective

    22 January 2016 | Blog | Economics
  • Mecati Forest, Mozambique: a group of charcoal producers clear trees and prepare to make charcoal. Each year more than eight million bags of charcoal are produced by Mozambique's informal sector (Photo: Mike Goldwater/IIED)

    The informal economy and sustainable development

    The informal economy – broadly defined as economic activity that is not subject to government regulation or taxation – sustains a large part of the world's workforce. It is a diverse, complex and growing area of activity

    20 January 2016 | Project | Sustainable markets
  • Four examples of informal economic activity (Photos: IIED)

    The biggest 'private sector': what place for the informal economy in green and inclusive growth?

    IIED and partners are hosting a conference in London on 25 February that is designed to help build a new policy agenda to integrate the informal economy with inclusive green growth and sustainable development

    20 January 2016 | News | Communication
  • Villagers dig out a silted up water tank, paid for by India's National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (Photo: Mackay Savage, Creative Commons via Wikimedia)

    Finding solutions for less poverty and better ecosystems

    Policy measures to tackle poverty often overlook environmental impacts, while environmental policies do not always deliver for the poor. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) require both – so how can governments combine efforts?

    15 December 2015 | Blog | Policy and planning
  •  A cup of coffee. We are drinking more coffee: the International Coffee Organisation says world coffee consumption has been rising by an average of 2.3 per cent per year (Photo: Benedicto de Jesus, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    A new kind of brew: smallholder coffee and carbon

    Has shade coffee shed new light on the multiple benefits from improved agricultural systems? Ina Porras blends together a number of thoughts after a side event at the Global Landscape Forum

    8 December 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • 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
  • The author with cocoa farmers in Ghana. Farmers on average receive 3 per cent of a chocolate bar price and many are dependent on a single commodity for their livelihoods (Photo: Marisa Camargo)

    Zero deforestation supply chains: promoting sustainable chocolate

    How can we make chocolate more sustainable? This was one of the questions addressed by IIED researchers in a presentation at the World Forestry Congress in Durban.

    16 September 2015 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Biocultural products of the Potato Park in Peru, an example of the goods and services that can be produced by indigenous peoples to provide income and enhance incentives to sustain biocultural heritage (Photo: ANDES)

    Consultation: designing a new biocultural heritage indication

    How can indigenous people benefit more from their biocultural heritage? A new project wants to hear your feedback on how a labelling scheme for biocultural heritage-based products could work

    20 August 2015 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • A street vendor sells produce in Surabaya, Indonesia (Photo: Schristia, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Showcasing innovations in policy approaches to informality

    IIED's Shaping Sustainable Markets initiative has published seven briefing papers that showcase innovations – and challenges – in developing inclusive policy approaches for the informal economy

    21 July 2015 | Article | Economics
  • A farmer in Tanzania shows the effects of drought on her maize crop. Farmers in developing countries, and women farmers in particular, find it difficult to get multi-peril crop insurance (Photo: Anne Wangalachi, CIMMYT, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Insuring farmers – adapting to climate change

    Climate change is increasing the risks for farmers, but a new form of insurance may provide support

    16 July 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
  • Customers at a milk bar in Ndumbuini in Kabete, Nairobi. Research in Kenya has found that milk sold in this way had similar bacterial levels to those sold in formal markets (Photo: ILRI/Paul Karaimu)

    What do street food, charcoal, gold, mobile phones and milk have in common?

    Informality may be responsible for many things produced, processed or sold by people who operate outside formal rules and regulations, but small markets add up to big business

    17 December 2014 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • Fishermen hauling in nets near the Kenyan coastal town of Shimoni (Photo: Anna Kika via Flickr)

    Can we save our fisheries with lessons from our forests?

    Payments to encourage the conservation of important natural resources are being used to protect forests, but can they also play a role in restoring depleted fisheries?

    27 November 2014 | Blog | Fisheries
  • Market Analysis and Development training course participants (Photo: Duncan Macqueen/IIED)

    Bolivia's indigenous peoples drive forest farm innovation to benefit Mother Earth

    In Bolivia, the state is providing support to encourage community organisations to trial innovative new business models that challenge free market norms. Could such new ways of doing business also deliver greater benefits for the planet?

    25 November 2014 | Blog | Natural resource management
  • A maize farmer near Alauca, Honduras, takes a break from digging irrigation channels. Climate change in the form of higher temperatures and less rain is expected to have a big impact on Central American crops and farmers, and decision-makers need information on climate change adaptation (Photo: Neil Palmer/CIAT via Creative Commons)

    Will divisions in the board delay the Green Climate Fund?

    Britain says it will donate 'strongly' at this week’s Green Climate Fund (GCF) pledging meeting. But there are arguments within the board on how countries can access and spend the fund

    18 November 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • Northern Ghana: a village chief learns forestry skills. Rural communities need investment to build up forest and farm enterprises and link them to markets and support networks (Photo: Treeaid, via Creative Commons)

    It's time for revolution in forest business

    Where will the investment come from to scale up successful locally controlled forestry? That was the question facing participants at a recent South-North Dialogue in Helsinki, Finland

    17 November 2014 | Blog | Forests
  • Ancestral miners rush to find gold and platinum ore at a mine wall opened by medium-scale mining (Photo: Ronald de Hommel)

    Informality and formalisation in the artisanal and small-scale mining sector

    Artisanal and small-scale miners informally produce 15-20 per cent of the world's gold and 80 per cent of its sapphires. Yet the sector faces complex problems. IIED and its partners have published two papers on the risks

    12 November 2014 | Blog | Energy
  • A farmer's house and sugar cane field in Cambodia, where there is concern about large-scale investment in sugar plantations driving local people off the land (Photo: Brian Hoffman, via Creative Commons)

    Human rights should be at the heart of investment policy making

    If foreign investment is to promote inclusive sustainable development, investment policy must take human rights seriously

    20 October 2014 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • 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
  • Costa Rica's Peñas Blancas Reservoir is the focus of work involving payments for ecosystem services (Photo: Dr Ina Porras)

    Payments for ecosystem services: We can't leave people out of the equation

    What's next for schemes that pay communities to protect local ecosystems? This is what leading researchers and practitioners in the field came together to discuss at IIED's conference in Edinburgh last week

    28 March 2014 | Blog | Economics
  • Watch an animation produced by IIED to highlight its sustainable fisheries work

    Inspiring action for sustainable fisheries: Today and the future

    In the wake of predictions that the oceans will be fishless by 2050, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) has produced an animation to showcase its work on the economics of marine and coastal fisheries

    28 March 2014 | Article | Fisheries
  • Participants at IIED's Innovations for equity in smallholder payments for ecosystem services conference at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh (Photo: Kate Wilson)

    Coverage of conference on Innovations for equity in smallholder PES: bridging research and practice

    On March 21, IIED hosted a conference that aimed to explore the latest thinking on how to make schemes that compensate protectors of natural resources fairer and more inclusive

    18 March 2014 | Article | Sustainable markets
  • Deforestation and fire ravage a forest area in Uganda (Photo: Paul Hatanga)

    Random trials in Uganda to show if payments for ecosystems services really work

    To assess whether a promising approach to reduce poverty and conserve forests in Uganda really works, we need to use a randomised controlled trial, says Paul Hatanga.

    10 March 2014 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • Certified tea is among the commodities to have experience strong market growth.

    Study reports double-digit growth in market performance of 'eco-labels'

    Private sector sourcing commitments are driving major market growth for sustainable commodities, according to the State of Sustainability Initiatives (SSI) Review 2014 published today by an alliance of international organisations.

    31 January 2014 | News | Food and agriculture
  • Fish for sale in a Sri Lankan market. Credit: Dhammika Heenpella (Flickr /

    Ten ways to ensure there are plenty more fish in the sea

    Sustainable fisheries must be central to the new global development goals that all nations will pursue from 2015, says Essam Yassin Mohammed.

    28 January 2014 | Blog | Fisheries
  • A native bird in Costa Rica found in a payments for environmental services project run by IIED and FONAFIFO (Photo Ina Porras)

    Who will pay for ecosystem services?

    Payments for ecosystem services have the potential to promote healthier ecosystems and fairer deals for smallholders. This is all very good, but where will the money for such schemes come from?

    28 January 2014 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • A scheme that pays farmers to protect the habitats of Ugandan chimpanzees will be discussed at IIED's PES event in March (Credit: The Dilly Lama, via Creative Commons

    Save the date: IIED conference on payments for ecosystem services

    The International Institute for Environment and Development will hold a meeting on 21 March 2014 in Edinburgh to explore ways to make schemes that compensate protectors of natural resources fairer and more inclusive.

    15 January 2014 | News | Sustainable markets
  • Sudanese Women selling charcaol. Rita Willaert/ Flickr (Creative Commons)

    REDD+: 3 things to consider so men and women share the benefits

    Linking commodities that drive deforestation with gender offers great opportunities that capitalise on the advantages of different actors

    18 December 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • A net full of cod. Photo: Derek Keats (Creative Commons

    Fishy business at IIED

    The end of November was an exciting time for IIED’s Sustainable Markets Group, which launched two publications and an online network, all with a focus on sustainable fisheries. Grace Philip reports.

    10 December 2013 | Blog | Fisheries
  • Costa Rica has adapted its systems of payments for ecosystem services over the past two decades

    Payments for ecosystem services: Costa Rica’s recipe

    Costa Rica has adopted a mix of economic and regulatory policies to protect its forests – the eclectic mix of ingredients could be judged a recipe for success.

    29 November 2013 | Blog | Forests
  • Five ways to boost stocks of the Bay of Bengal’s beloved hilsa fish

    A pioneering scheme that could boost stocks of a fish that feeds millions of people in Bangladesh, India and Myanmar may be a model for other fisheries, but would be more effective if it changed in five ways, says a study published today by the International Institute for Environment and Development.

    28 November 2013 | News | Fisheries
  • Fish Night @ IIED will launch book and online network

    The International Institute for Environment and Development will launch our latest book, Economic Incentives for Marine and Coastal Conservation: Prospects, Challenges and Policy Implications on 28 November.

    7 November 2013 | News | Fisheries
  • Coral reefs provide us with goods worth hundreds of billions of dollars but are in decline. Copyright: 2004 Richard Ling

    How to protect our oceans: use more carrots

    Incentives to protect marine and coastal environments could be more effective than a ‘command and control’ approach, but only if reinforced by efficient, transparent and equitable governance.

    1 November 2013 | Blog | Fisheries
  • Boat surrounded by vegetation growing in the water near the river port of Vallemi.

    Will Payments for Watershed Services fuel the protection of ecosystem services?

    It’s easier to prevent pollution harnessing the forces of nature than to clean up the mess with costly technology. Is there a solution at hand?

    21 June 2013 | Blog | Monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • An oil flare in Port Harcourt Nigeria.

    Transparency: can it work for sustainable development?

    The world is finally waking up to the need for transparency in business deals. New EU transparency legislation was announced earlier this month and next month transparency will be a major theme at the G8 summit. This week the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative has its bi-annual conference, and the UK and France have just announced they will join the initiative. The big question is can greater transparency help sustainable development?

    23 May 2013 | Blog | Governance
  • Satellite image of the zinc, lead and silver mine in Cerro de Pasco, Peru.

    Report scopes sustainability of China-Latin America relations

    A study examining Chinese trade and investment in mining, agriculture and forestry in Chile, Brazil and Peru says sustainability is increasingly on the agenda.

    9 May 2013 | News | Sustainable markets
  • Photo: Farah Sevilla, Alyansa Tigil Mina

    How extractive industries can address conflict and build trust with communities

    Giant mining, timber, and oil and gas projects provide lessons in how companies can act to address conflict and build trust in communities their activities affect, according to a new book from the International Institute for Environment and Development.

    25 April 2013 | News | Energy
  • Picture of the Rainforest Alliance logo on a bunch of flowers.

    Shaping Sustainable markets

    Shaping Sustainable Markets is a research initiative that explores how the formal and informal rules used to govern markets – called market governance mechanisms (MGMs) – are designed, and how they impact on people, the planet and the economy.

    19 April 2013 | Project | Sustainable markets
  • Cover image from EITI and sustainable development: Lessons and new challenges for the Caspian region

    Study shows how to improve Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

    An international effort to ensure good governance of natural resources could do more to improve accountability and sustainability, according to research in the oil- and gas-rich Caspian Sea Region that IIED has published today.

    14 March 2013 | News | Energy
  • 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 villager gathers medicinal bark in Mozambique

    Investing in sustainable productivity could secure REDD+ schemes long term

    Putting less emphasis on carbon payments and more on supporting sustainable enterprise could give REDD+ projects longer-term financial security.

    13 December 2012 | Blog | Climate change
  • En route to San José, Costa Rica. Credit: cicsc1970

    Nature has values, and markets can be governed

    The environmental community has been rightly wary of markets. But payments for environmental services can play a role in protecting nature, so long as governments guide, govern and regulate such markets.

    10 August 2012 | Blog | Economics
  • Will a standard for social responsibility make any difference?

    But mainstream businesses have worked with standards for a long time – today's International Standards Organisation (ISO) has its origins nearly 100 y

    11 April 2012 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • Why markets matter

    Recognition of the role of markets and the private sector in contributing to sustainable development has been growing strongly in recent years.

    19 March 2012 | Blog | Sustainable markets
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