International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
In this month's newsletter: IIED's gender mainstreaming, the Pope's visit with indigenous communities in the Amazon, public-private partnership in aid and more.
February 2018
A women's focus group is a key part of a governance assessment at Lake Mburo National Park in Uganda. It's essential that gender equality and equity is addressed in research proposals and activities (Photo: IIED)

IIED: On a learning curve towards gender mainstreaming

Since 2015 IIED has been focused on integrating gender issues across our research work and into how we operate as an institute. We carried out a gender audit and published a gender manifesto in February 2016. The manifesto has two goals: 'looking in' to the organisation; and 'looking out' to produce high-quality research that supports gender equality and equity for sustainable development. We're now striving to put our manifesto into practice. 

As part of our gender mainstreaming, we're hosting a discussion series focusing on gender at international events. The first event reflecting on the World Urban Forum, will be held at IIED on 22 February

News and blogs

The people of southern Bangladesh are good at adapting to change: the most common vehicle in the city of Mongla is an electric rickshaw powered by a 12volt battery (Photo: Andrew Norton/IIED)

Snapshots of a changing world – climate change impacts in Bangladesh

Following a recent visit to Bangladesh, IIED director Andrew Norton reports back first-hand on the impacts of climate change and efforts to build resilience.
Pope Francis met with indigenous leaders, including Yesica Patiachi who is from the Harakbut people, one of the three main ethnic groups in the Madre de Dios region (Photo: Presidencia Perú, Creative Commons via Flickr)

On pilgrimage in Madre de Dios: starting a journey to sustainable artisanal mining

IIED senior associate Gabriela Flores was in Peru during the Pope's visit, and shares her thoughts on what happens next for those working to improve the artisanal mining sector in the Amazon.
The logo for the Sustainable Development Goals (Image: the United Nations)

Public-private partnerships and aid's 'private turn': addressing the investment law dimensions

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are emerging as important mechanisms for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with legal and financial implications that must be carefully considered.

IIED principal researcher Lorenzo Cotula and Dr Celine Tan of Warwick Law School suggest that as governments and development agencies increasingly look to private investment for delivering the SDGs, there is a need to unpack and address the investment law dimensions through more detailed research and inclusive policy dialogue. 

New publications this month

Exploring the nexus between humanitarian and development goals in Aleppo
Since 2010, the civil war in Syria has created one of the world’s greatest humanitarian crises. Exploring the nexus between humanitarian and development goals in Aleppo aims to present possible entry points for links between humanitarian and development efforts in Aleppo. Using the Tamkeen project as a case study, it explores how and where humanitarian and development actors can work together to better link humanitarian response to longer-term development processes.
Concessão Comunitária de Nipiode: Causas do fracasso e conjunto de intervenções para a sua revitalização
Concessão Comunitária de Nipiode: Causas do fracasso e conjunto de intervenções para a sua revitalização / Nipiode Community Grant: Causes of failure and set of interventions for revitalization

The Nipiode community concession is one of the few community initiatives in Mozambique aimed at commercial exploitation of timber. However, the initiative has proved nonviable. Several aspects of the enterprise need rethinking in order to revitalise it. This paper is available only in Portuguese/Português.
Protecting internally displaced communities in Somalia: experience from the Benadir region
Protecting internally displaced communities in Somalia: experience from the Benadir region documents research carried out on the protection of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in urban communities in Somalia, providing an evidence base for improved humanitarian protection. By identifying IDP protection and food security needs, it highlights existing gaps in the coordination of stakeholders in protection issues, and considers how protection approaches could be integrated into programming. 

Briefings

Strengthening local councils to bridge the aid gap in Aleppo

Towards fair and effective legislation on compulsory land acquisition in Cameroon

Indigenous peoples’ land rights in Cameroon: progress to date and possible futures / en français
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