In this month’s issue...gold mining in Tanzania, a new briefing paper on tackling wildlife crime and two dates for your diary in June.
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Gold for life


View our recent photo blog, with images from Geita District in northwest Tanzania which highlight the diverse range of people that depend on gold mining for their livelihood. (Photos Copyright: Brian Sokol/Panos Pictures)
Isiolo County, Kenya: dryland areas make up more than 80% of Kenya's land and are home to some 4 million pastoralists. (Photo: James Patison/IIED)

Valuing variability


A new book providing fresh perspectives on drylands development was launched in Nairobi last month. Valuing variability: new perspectives on climate-resilient drylands development, draws on the experiences of pastoralists and farmers in Kenya, India, China and elsewhere.

 

A vendor in India uses energy produced by a micro-grid funded by SunFunder (Photo: Sameer Halai/SunFunder)

Off-grid energy powered by the crowd


Crowdfunding provides a potential source of funding to improve access to electricity in countries such as India, but financial regulations are a barrier. Read our latest blog which asks, how can the power of an immense crowd deliver sustainable energy access?

Spotlight on... Sanitation and drainage in cities

In many cities in Africa and Asia, provision for sanitation and drainage is worse today than in 1990 or 2000. The new edition of the journal Environment & Urbanization is out now and includes many papers which highlight new approaches. They include innovations in Blantyre (Malawi), Chinhoyi (Zimbabwe), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) and Kitwe (Zambia) on matching needs with what can be afforded and working with local government. 

We also produce five-page summaries of each issue of Environment and Urbanization which are free to download. You can view them all here.
 
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New publications this month

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In recent years, Cameroon has been approached by growing numbers of local and international investors wanting to acquire arable land for large-scale agro-industrial operations. This seems to be regarded as a positive phenomenon in the country, as it is encouraged by the government and is expected to boost the nation’s balance of payments.  In order to make a realistic assessment of the situation, this study takes a closer look at large-scale land acquisitions since 2005.
 
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To date, no empirical research has examined the local impacts of economic crises and reform on cities in Pakistan, including Karachi. Download a new working paper that addresses this gap by examining how the textile industry – as one of Pakistan’s most productive economic sectors – has been impacted, with a focus on the informal power loom sub-sector

 

Briefings


Beyond enforcement: engaging communities in tackling wildlife crime

Growing sustainable agriculture in Mozambique

Integrated approaches to SDG implementation and indicators: focus on forests

Events:  Two dates for your diary this June

To mark World Oceans Day next month, University College of London (UCL), WWF, the International Sustainability Unit (ISU), and IIED are co-hosting the following event:

Date: 8 June 2015
Event: Realising the Potential of Oceans and Coasts
Venue: Royal Geographic Society
Register: You can find out more and register here.

We are also hosting an event at this year's European Development Days in Brussels:

Date: Thursday 4 June, 10:45am - 12pm
Event: Balancing carrots and sticks for fisheries management: lessons from Bangladesh
Venue: Tour & Taxis, Avenue du Port,  Brussels
Register: Find out more here or email essam.mohammed@iied.org

 

Job vacancy: Researcher: Cities and Climate Change


The Human Settlements Group at IIED is looking for a researcher to work with colleagues in the cities and climate change team to support work on urban humanitarian crises and urban climate change resilience.

Closing date: 10am (UK time) on Friday 15 May 2015
Job vacancy
Find out more and apply
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