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  • A family living in a cemetery in Cebu City, the Philippines. A lack of affordable housing has led some 100 families to set up home among the mausoleums (Photo: Karl Fluch, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Who can we trust to measure urban poverty?

    International definitions of the poverty line don't take into the account the additional costs of living in cities. Sarah Colenbrander says the urban poor can help institutions such as the United Nations and the World Bank develop accurate, local, definitions of urban poverty

    13 June 2017 | Blog | Poverty
  • A water tap in Rwanda. Measuring sustainability of investments in water and sanitation makes more sense than focusing on annual freshwater withdrawal and access to improved water and sanitation (Photo: A'Melody Lee/World Bank, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Making World Bank aid sustainable

    Clare Shakya sets out seven ways the World Bank can make its development aid sustainable and inclusive.

    10 October 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • An image of a river splitting the hills of the Chinchiná River Basin in Colombia, one of eight countries in which IIED worked with the World Bank on natural capital accounting (Photo: Rosalind Goodrich/IIED)

    Accounting for the value of natural resources

    IIED worked with the World Bank as part of the WAVES partnership to support the inclusion of sustainable use of natural resources in development planning, and make clear the contribution they make to the economy in national accounts

    20 May 2016 | Article | Natural resource management
  • Children stand on a dirt road in a village in Burkina Faso.

    Global land rush: Contract transparency is crucial, but not enough

    Greater transparency was a key theme at the World Bank land conference last week. Transparency is critical, but without greater accountability to local communities it is not enough.

    17 April 2013 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • Invest in farmers, not in farmland

    "Land grabs" are now one of the biggest issues in Africa.

    22 February 2012 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • How can air travel contribute to the costs of adapting to climate change?

    Climate change negotiators are still meeting this week in Bonn to try and find a way forward on, amongst many other subjects, climate change mitigation, adaptation and finance. Sources of ‘innovative’ finance, such as taxes on international transport, have been proposed. Might these provide a way to break the deadlock on finance and prove to be sources of significant and stable financing to address the impacts of climate change?

    15 June 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • Poor Economics and ‘Just Giving Money to the Poor’

    Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo's book, Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, is making waves in development circles. Beyond the strong focus on randomised control trials, the book distinguishes itself by wading into issues on which the development community has often ignored or made uninformed guesses. These include the rationale behind the decisions made by the poor, whether they make the "best" decisions available, and how policymakers should respond.

    18 May 2011 | Blog | Economics
  • Local voice, global forest, local forest, global voice

    Who had heard of G3 eighteen months ago? Nobody, because it didn’t exist.Yet an alliance known as The Three Rights Holders Group has had a strong presence at COP 16 in Cancun, manning an information booth and participating in various panels.The group’s message was a simple one, advocating for sustainable forest management and locally controlled forestry as a vital component in any realistic strategy going forward to address climate change mitigation and adaptation.So who is this group and where has it come from?

    17 January 2011 | Blog | Forests
  • Adaptation finance: Why not just give it to the poor?

    A new book argues that the best approach to reducing poverty is the simplest: giving money to the poor. In Just Give Money to the Poor, Hanlon, Barrientos and Hulme argue that cash transfers put money directly in the hands of those that need it, and that the poor are both willing and capable of using the money to benefit themselves and their families. Given the uncertainties and pitfalls of spending money on climate change adaptation, could we do worse than simply giving money to the poor themselves?

    14 October 2010 | Blog | Economics
  • The recession and the changing face of aid

    Traditional donors from the G8 have failed to achieve their commitments to give 0.7% of their gross national incomes, due in part to “severe constraints of public debt”. But despite the recession, new donors have emerged, and with them a shift to new patterns and ways of giving aid. Indeed the recession has demonstrated the durability of aid during hard times but has also added to its complexity. We now need to work even harder to make sense of that complexity and ensure that aid is considered as one small part of a more joined-up and transparent development agenda.

    26 August 2010 | Blog | Economics
  • Banking on Coal in the Global South?

    28 April 2010 | Blog | Economics
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