International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Register for CBA11; ASM dialogues in Madagascar; Chinese mountain communities protecting biocultural heritage and lots more this month
March 2017
A farmer waters her tree nursery in Hoima, Uganda. CBA11 will focus on harnessing natural resources and ecosystems for climate change adaptation (Photo J. Recha, CCAFS/CGIAR, Creative Commons via Flickr)

Registration open for 11th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA11)

Registration has now opened for the 11th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to climate change (CBA11). The conference will take place in Kampala, Uganda, from 22-29 June 2017 and is designed for practitioners, policymakers, planners and donors working on community-based adaptation at all levels and scales. 

To register for CBA11, follow this link to our registration page on the event booking platform Eventbrite.

News and blogs

The Bekily sapphire site is located in the commune of Ambinany, Madagascar

In pictures: Dialogues and pilot projects for better ASM governance in Madagascar

GIZ Madagascar, with support from IIED, is running a dialogue process to improve governance in the country's artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector. Guest contributor Andry Rabemanantsoa gives a pictorial tour of their work to date (also in French).
Temporary settlements in Kirtipur, Nepal, which was devastated by earthquakes in 2015 (Photo: Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed)

Cash transfers in urban crises: do they work for women?

To support earthquake victims, the Nepali government and international non-governmental organisations set up emergency cash transfer programmes. 

Twenty months on from the earthquakes in Nepal, guest blogger Dr Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed discusses whether cash transfers are helping women to participate in the Kathmandu Valley's local economy.
Picture from seed exchange in China

Spotlight on... New film shows Chinese mountain communities protecting biocultural heritage

A new 12-minute film tells stories from inhabitants of the Stone Village in China, home to 220 Naxi ethnic families and a living example of the value of conserving biocultural heritage.

It explores how farmers work collectively on water management, save seed varieties, and respond to changes in climate and market demand.

The film, which features both English and Chinese subtitles, was made alongside three linked South-South exchange events organised by the Centre for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Asociación ANDES (Peru) and IIED. 

New publications this month

Delivering real change: getting international climate finance to the local level
Delivering real change: getting international climate finance to the local level explores the flows of climate finance within the main international climate funds, to understand how effective they are in getting finance to the local level and what design features enable or prevent local financing. It distils lessons from development funds that are experienced in local financing. It concludes by highlighting the ways in which local climate financing can be enhanced – to further improve the effectiveness of aid.
Food remittances: rural-urban linkages and food security in Africa
The transfer of funds by migrants to their home countries (cash remittances) is at an all-time high, and is predicted to rise to US$500 billion – and there is a growing consensus that cash remittances can be mainstreamed into development. Equally, food remitting has a role to play in urban and rural food security. Food remittances: rural-urban linkages and food security in Africa is aimed at researchers and policymakers interested in transforming rural-urban linkages and the implications for food security of rural and urban residents. 
Who wants what? Assessing the supply and demand for locally produced tourism services around Bwindi Forest, Uganda
The aim of the three-year ‘Local economic development through pro-poor gorilla tourism in Uganda’ project is to work with local people and established tour operators to develop and test new ‘pro-poor’ tourism products and services around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Who wants what? Assessing the supply and demand for locally produced tourism services around Bwindi Forest, Uganda discusses the findings of the first two stages of the project; scoping the demand for ‘pro-poor’ tourism initiatives and assessing local capacity for supply. 

Briefings

Mobility and connectivity: driving rural livelihood transformations in Africa

Small-scale soya farming can outperform large-scale agricultural investments

Local level finance: community-led contributions to delivering urban development
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Job vacancies

Senior researcher (forest and economics)

IIED is looking for a French-speaking economist with a background in natural resources and sustainable development and research experience in West Africa.

Closing date: 4pm on Thursday, 30 March 2017 (BST)
Trustee vacancy (based in China)

We are looking for a Chinese national based in country who has extensive experience of working in the field of international environment and development. The ideal candidate is someone with wide ranging strategic experience at board level who has ideally fulfilled a trustee role in a not-for-profit organisation. The trustee will have a very good understanding of IIED's business, will be able to clearly articulate our mission and values, and demonstrate what and how they can contribute towards steering the organisation through the challenges ahead.

Closing date: 5pm, Friday, 24 March 2017 (BST)
Trustee vacancy (based in Sub-Saharan Africa)

We are looking for an African academic based in Sub-Saharan Africa who has extensive experience of working in the field of international environment and development. The ideal candidate is someone with wide ranging strategic experience at board level who has ideally fulfilled a trustee role in a not-for-profit organisation. The trustee will have a very good understanding of IIED's business, will be able to clearly articulate our mission and values, and demonstrate what and how they can contribute towards steering the organisation through the challenges ahead.

Closing date: 5pm on Friday, 24 March 2017 (GMT)
Trustee vacancy (based within easy reach of London, UK)

We are looking for a trustee with wide-ranging financial and risk management experience at board level and preferably with a background in sustainable and/or environmental or social impact investing, with a knowledge of the organisations, concepts and developments of this area of investment.

Closing date: 5pm on Friday, 31 March 2017 (BST)
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