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Critical theme

The polluter elite, inequality and the ecological crisis

Independent researcher Dario Kenner has spent years studying the ‘polluter elite’ and how they have blocked the transition to a green economy.

Who are the polluter elite and how are they keeping the UK, USA and other countries addicted to fossil fuels? At a discussion at IIED's headquarters on 22 July, he’ll show that their personal wealth and interest in maintaining the status quo opens new options for campaigns.

Find out more about the event and register to attend.

Photo: The 2019 forum is focusing on inclusiveness and equality. This Afghan girls school has more than 2,600 pupils, ranging from 7 to 20 years old, and is supported by UNICEF (Credit: UN Photo)
Interview with Stefano D'Errico

Pathways to learning – finding new ways to evaluate SDG progress 

The United Nations High Level Political Forum is a great opportunity to take stock of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

With this year’s forum under way in New York, Stefano D’Errico discusses how countries can use the agenda principles as a framework to evaluate their trajectory towards sustainable development.

"The Sustainable Development Goals give us a common vocabulary for what it takes to achieve sustainable development, and with these goals all countries have the same understanding of what sustainable development entails."

–  Stefano D'Errico
Photo: The debate featured a delegation from the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) plus representatives of grassroots organisations and climate champions speaking about how they are leading climate action (Credit: Anne Schulthess/IIED)
Blog by Teresa Corcoran

London Climate Week: is the world ready with its emergency response?

At an international debate during London Climate Action Week, progressive voices from the global North and South shared how they’re showing leadership in tackling the climate emergency – and called on the rest of the world to match their ambition.

Read the report from the event.
Photo: Steel balls compiled by a grinding media supplier for mining in Kyrgyzstan (Credit: Jeff Geipel)
Guest blog by Jeff Geipel

Why procurement should be the "next frontier" in transparency for mining

Mine sites often spend more on obtaining goods and services – hundreds of millions of dollars a year – than anything else. Jeff Geipel of Mining Shared Value says this procurement needs better data and transparency - but it has the potential to become a lever for economic and social development.

Read his blog.
Photo: Bwindi is famous for its mountain gorillas – but there are other attractions (Credit: Dilys Roe/IIED)
Blog by Dilys Roe

Bwindi: bees, baskets and brilliant guided walks

Tracking rare mountain gorillas is on the bucket list of many travellers. But what about the people who live in the same places as gorillas? Dilys Roe reports on a project helping local people to develop new businesses that benefit from tourism.

Read her blog.
Building resilience to climate change through social protection: Lessons from MGNREGS, India
Working paper, 36 pages

Building resilience to climate change through social protection: Lessons from MGNREGS, India

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) is India’s flagship social protection programme. This paper is part of a series of studies that analyse how MGNREGS builds and strengthens the resilience of rural households to different climate shocks. It provides evidence for global policymakers on how to integrate climate risk management into social protection provision and to address poverty in the context of climate change.

Download the working paper.
Production alimentaire, expansion agricole et déforestation au Mai-Ndombe, RDC
Working paper, 56 pages

Production alimentaire, expansion agricole et déforestation au Mai-Ndombe, RDC

This French language working paper examines the relationship between deforestation, biodiversity loss and food production in the Mai-Ndombe province in the DRC, and the disconnect between forest conservation policies and agricultural priorities for food security. It presents various alternatives to uncontrolled deforestation in the area and explores elements of REDD+. 

Download it now. An English summary is also available. 
IIED Briefing papers
IIED Briefing papers


Evaluating sustainable development: how the 2030 Agenda can help

Apes, crops and communities: land concessions and conservation in Cameroon

Financing local responses to poverty, climate and nature

Backgrounder: Transformative change to reduce deforestation in DRC
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