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October 2017
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Delivering Money Where It Matters: 

IIED has partnered with Both ENDS for a side event at this year's UNFCCC COP23: 
Delivering Money Where It Matters: effective climate action through predictable local climate finance

During this side event on 13 November, we will hear from governments, NGOs and small grants funds from across the globe sharing first-hand experiences of driving effective, equitable and efficient climate action at the local level. They will explore what needs to happen next for climate finance to evolve and enable developing countries to deliver their own contributions to the Paris Agreement. The panel will bring fresh insights to achieving sustained, predictable and regular flows of climate finance to where it is most needed.  

Read the full event description and other plans for IIED and our partners at COP23.

News and blogs

Rescuers looking for survivors after the 2015 Nepal earthquake.(Photo: anjetika, Creative Commons via Flickr)

IIED to host Twitter chat on urban crises

Ahead of the upcoming conference 'From cities in crisis to crises in cities: towards a collaborative urban humanitarian response' hosted by IIED and IRC, we will hold a Twitter chat on 8 November. Follow the hashtag #urbancrises and @iied on Twitter for further details.
A farm in Uganda. There has recently been much debate about responsible investment in the agricultural sector (Photo: US Aid, Creative Common, via Flickr)

Responsible investment provisions in international investment treaties: where next?

At the recent UNCTAD High-Level IIA Conference, Lorenzo Cotula discussed how international investment treaties could promote more responsible investment and argued that there is still much to do.
Business partners Mwanahamisi Mzalendo and Mwanamkasi Rasi are optimistic about the future of their quarry (Photo: Magali Rochat)

Spotlight on... Small ventures, big hopes

In Small ventures, big hopes, the second in a series of three 'stories of change' on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM), we find out how miners and communities in Tanzania are turning small mines and quarries into responsible businesses and coming together to tackle the environmental impact of mining.

New publications this month

Urban refugees in Delhi: identity, entitlements and well-being
Urban refugees in Delhi face many problems that affect their ability to live meaningful lives in the city: no legal frameworks to guarantee their protection; difficulty finding work; discrimination; and poverty. Groups struggle to achieve self-reliance and realise their aspirations. Urban refugees in Delhi: identity, entitlements and well-being explores the factors that have contributed this state of insecurity, and poses an alternative way of supporting refugee self-reliance, using the Capability Approach.
Smallholder farming systems in coastal Kenya: Key trends and innovations for resilience
Smallholder farmers in coastal Kenya are significantly affected by climate change, particularly in semi-arid and dryland areas. They have developed a number of innovations to enhance resilience and productivity, eg. crop diversification using resilient local varieties, new planting techniques and wild tree domestication. Smallholder farming systems in coastal Kenya: Key trends and innovations for resilience explores these key trends and innovations to address climatic and socioeconomic challenges. 
Valuing variability: new perspectives on climate resilient drylands development (Chinese translation)
This new Chinese translation of Valuing variability: new perspectives on climate resilient drylands development is a challenge to those who see the drylands as naturally vulnerable to food insecurity and poverty.

It argues that improving agricultural productivity in dryland environments is possible by working with climatic uncertainty rather than seeking to control it – a view that runs contrary to decade of development practice in arid and semi-arid lands. (Also in English)


Nourishing diversity: A five-point plan to enrich our food systems

Chinese aid for African forestry: progress, problems and prospects

Upholding the rights of urban refugees in Uganda

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Researcher (forest team) Closing soon!

IIED is looking for a French-speaking researcher with an interest in forest governance, forest enterprise development and forest-climate linkages, and ideally some experience in West Africa.

Closing date: 5pm on Monday, 23 October
Trustee - national based in South Asia

IIED is looking for a South Asian national based in country who has extensive experience of working in the field of international environment and development. This will be someone with wide-ranging strategic experience at board level who has ideally fulfilled a trustee role in a not-for-profit organisation.

Closing date: 5pm on Friday, 27 October 
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