IIED's April newsletter with registration for CBA12, a guest blog from Christiana Figueres, a new theory of change for climate diplomacy, a new gender monitoring role and more.
Malawi's subsistance farmers have recently faced both heavy rains and drought. Adopting new seed varieties and farming practices helps reduce food shortages (Photo: Neil Palmer/CIAT, Creative Commons, via Flickr)
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CBA12: Local experience driving climate action

Locally-driven action that addresses climate challenges is ever more crucial. CBA’s well-established community of practice will work with practitioners, investors and policymakers on sharing innovation, getting climate finance behind what works and preparing robust narratives to take ‘lived experience’ from evidence to influence.

The CBA12 event offers two days of workshops, followed by two days of multi-stakeholder dialogues. For full and up-to-date information on the programme, please visit the website

A tea picker from Cianten, within the boundaries of Mount Halimun Salak National Park in West Java, starts collecting tea leaves in a basket at 6am (Photo@ CIFOR, Creative Commons, via Flickr)
Guest blog by Christiana Figueres 

Harnessing #MeToo momentum to drive climate action 

Former executive secretary of the UNFCCC Christiana Figueres calls upon women and girls across the world to channel the energy behind the #MeToo movement to bolster the global fight against climate change. 

Read her blog and check out our outstanding women in development series.

"There is not one woman alive who does not work for a better quality of life for her children."

–  Christiana Figueres 
Large-scale international investments in Cameroon have highlighted the importance of protecting the land rights of rural people (Photo: World Agroforestry Centre, Creative Commons via Flickr)
New blog by Lorenzo Cotula

Legal activism key to securing land rights in new investment phase 

In the face of rapid changes, how can people in low- and middle-income countries ensure they get the best deal to protect their land?

Read the new blog that explores how legal activists around the world are helping people use the law to protect their rights and their land. 
The Least Developed Countries Group played a key role in the High Ambition Coalition that successfully pushed for a 1.5-degree climate goal in the Paris Agreement (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)
New blog by Brianna Craft

Climate diplomacy in the age of Trump: updating our theory of change 

Find out more about how we're incorporating feedback to sharpen our theory of how the Least Developed Countries can extend their influence in international climate change decision making.
Informality, global capital, rural development and the environment: Mukula (rosewood) trade between China and Zambia
Research report, 85 pages

Informality, global capital, rural development and the environment: Mukula (rosewood) trade between China and Zambia

This report focuses on the international mukula (or rosewood) trade in Zambia, examining the role of global capital (particularly of Chinese origin) and its impacts on rural livelihoods and the environment. 
Toolkit, 59 pages

Ecosystems, poverty alleviation and conditional transfers

Successful conditional transfers (CTs) and payments for ecosystem services (PES) schemes exhibit high level political support, sustainable financing streams, lean institutional set-ups, tools and systems for effective implementation, and ability to demonstrate impact.

This toolkit: 1) makes evidence accessible, bringing the latest evidence from research on PES in theory and practice with documented case studies; and 2) supports teaching modules which can be used to promote capacity building of practitioners.
Urban Refugee Economies: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Working paper, 52 pages

Urban Refugee Economies: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Over 60 per cent of the world’s refugees live in urban environments, but host governments often restrict their right to work, forcing urban refugees into precarious and often informal economy livelihoods. Through a case study of Addis Ababa, where refugees have no legal right to work, this research identifies the economic difficulties faced by urban refugees and points to opportunities for humanitarian sector actors to enhance refugee economies.
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