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Climate-induced migration and modern slavery: a toolkit for policymakers (IIED)

Bharadwaj, R., Bishop, D., Hazra, S., Pufaa, E., Kofi Annan, J. (2021). Climate-induced migration and modern slavery: a toolkit for policymakers. IIED, London Anti-Slavery International, London – https://pubs.iied.org/20441g Climate and development policymakers and planners urgently need to recognise that millions of people displaced by climate change are being, and will be, exposed to slavery in the […]

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The case for treating long-term urban IDPs as city residents (Lucy Earle, Christopher Ward, IIED)

A significant percentage of internally displaced persons (IDPs) who seek safety in towns and cities will not return home. Yet this is a reality that international actors consistently fail to adapt to and as a result, the complex needs of urban IDPs and their host communities remain unmet. Solving these issues requires a fundamental rethinking […]

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Mining cobalt better (Abbi Buxton, IIED)

While the post-COVID-19 world looks at ‘building back better’, little has changed for artisanal cobalt miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Over the last 12 months, IIED’s research in partnership with Afrewatch DRC has found nascent efforts to improve the sector to be at risk of creating “islands of responsibility” while failing to drive the broad based societal and environmental […]

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Food Systems Summit: implications for global food governance (Lorenzo Cotula, IIED)

Last week’s Food Systems Summit raised questions about global governance models in a policy area fundamental to everyone’s lives. Lorenzo Cotula argues that, without clear decision-making rules and effective structures to manage power differentials, bringing diverse actors together produces ‘capture’ rather than inclusion. Food Systems Summit: implications for global food governance | International Institute for […]

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Biodiversity/Indigenous People/Local Communities – Why traditional knowledge and Indigenous Peoples’ rights must be integrated across the new global biodiversity targets (IIED)

Krystyna Swiderska Most of the earth’s biodiversity is located on the territories of the world’s half-billion Indigenous Peoples, who manage about a quarter of the world’s land. Yet only four out of 21 of the proposed biodiversity targets – setting out urgent action to stem biodiversity loss by 2030 – mention Indigenous Peoples and local communities […]

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Urban Poverty – Reducing urban poverty – lessons not learnt? (IIED)

David Satterthwaite and Diana Mitlin What have we learned from over five decades of initiatives meant to reduce urban poverty? And what, if any, benefits have been felt by the estimated one billion, and counting, residents of informal settlements and tenements in urban areas in the global South? Reducing urban poverty – lessons not learnt? | International […]

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Rethinking urban climate resilience: time for a reset? (IIED)

Aditya Bahadur and Thomas Tanner write: For the first time in the history of the world, more people live in towns and cities than in rural areas. Urban areas are highly exposed to climate change and are facing hazards at increasing frequency and intensity. Cities also concentrate people with limited capacity to adapt to these risks. go […]

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Envisioning a better future for The Gambia (IIED)

Lamin B. Dibba writes: About a decade ago, The Gambia experienced a devastating drought. Prolonged dry spells lasted for years, rainfall was late, erratic and uneven, and households suffered crop failure, livestock losses, food insecurity and high food prices. More than one million of our 1.7 million population needed assistance. No household was untouched. go to IIED: […]

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African social movements call on UN food summit to give people back control (IIED)

Million Belay writes: Since the end of 2019, the UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) has been one of the most talked-about events. The appointment of Agnes Kalibata, president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the summit took many people by surprise. For many civil society organisations (CSOs) and small-scale producers, the […]

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Five key questions for making the Global Goal on Adaptation work for local people and places (IIED)

Emilie Beauchamp writes: The 2015 Paris Agreement set out that a Global Goal on Adaptation (GGA) would be established, presenting an adaptation equivalent to the global goal on mitigation of limiting global temperatures to 1.5°C. go to IIED: Five key questions for making the Global Goal on Adaptation work for local people and places | International Institute […]

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BUSINESS UNSUAL – Calling for business unusual: why local leadership matters (Marek Soanes, Simon Addison, Clare Shakya, IIED)

While most international and national development interventions aim to benefit local people, they remain overwhelmingly top-down and exclude the perspectives of poor women and men. When funders do devolve resources, power over the purse strings often remains with international or national actors. Rather than building capabilities and giving people the agency to adapt to climate […]

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VIETNAM – Strengthening capacity to diversify farmer business models for climate resilience (Ho Thi Thoan, Vu Le Y Voan, Pham Tai Thang, Pham Van Tien, IIED)

This climate resilience case study (No.9) from Viet Nam is the ninth of ten case studies prepared by forest and farm producer organisations (FFPOs) for the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF). It describes the actions of the Viet Nam Cinnamon and Star Anise Cooperative to find nature based solutions (NbS) that give climate resilience. The […]