In this month’s issue... find out about and watch our latest SDG related video interviews and animation, take part in a new consultation and read our latest briefing papers and reports.
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Understanding the SDGs: Tom Bigg

Understanding the SDGs – video interviews with IIED experts

Watch the first of a series of video interviews with IIED experts working on issues relating to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this video, Strategy and Learning Group director, Tom Bigg highlights the importance of their universality.

You can also watch our new animation, 'Bringing the ‪SDGs‬ to life: real change for real people', which showcases all 17 SDGs in just three minutes. Over 5,000 people have already viewed it, so please watch and share as widely as possible!
Biocultural products of the Potato Park in Peru, an example of the goods and services that can be produced by indigenous peoples to provide income and enhance incentives to sustain biocultural heritage (Photo: ANDES)

How can indigenous people benefit more from their biocultural heritage?

We have launched a consultation on how a labelling scheme for biocultural heritage-based products could work and it would be great to hear your feedback.
A women's savings club in Nigeria allows women to borrow money for medical expenses or business initiatives. Financially empowering women is an important step in eradicating extreme poverty (Photo: Karen Kasmauski, USAID Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program)

Call for chapters: banking on the unbanked

IIED has issued a call for chapters for a new book on how to improve access to financial services for millions of poor people around the world.

Spotlight on...Communities and Carbon Offsets Survey

IIED, the University of Edinburgh and the Plan Vivo Foundation are conducting a study to try to understand what motivates individuals and companies to buy carbon offsets in voluntary markets.  In particular, we want to understand how monitoring strategies in smallholder and community projects affect buyers’ decisions.

Please take our survey, it takes about 10-15 minutes to complete and all information will be anonymous and confidential.

New publications this month

Engaging local communities in tackling illegal wildlife trade - Can a ‘Theory of Change’ help’ .
IIED and partners have developed a ‘theory of change’ for understanding how community-level interventions can help in tackling illegal wildlife trade, which is presented in the recently published discussion paper, ‘Engaging local communities in tackling illegal wildlife trade - Can a ‘Theory of Change’ help’ .

Please join our discussion on how useful this approach is and how well our draft theory of change represents these complex issues. Please read the report and share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section of our blog, by taking part in our survey or by email to by the end of September 2015.

Following the money: an advocate’s guide to securing accountability for agricultural investment
Following the money: an advocate’s guide to securing accountability for agricultural investments, is a guide for organisations and individuals working to support communities whose land rights, lives and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by agricultural investments.

Informed by experiences and lessons learned from activists and practitioners throughout the world, it provides guidance on strategies for holding the actors involved in agricultural investments accountable for human rights violations and all sorts of malpractices.

Can urban regenerate improve health resilience in a changing climate?
By comparing two Indonesian cities, Semarang and Pekalongan, this study assesses the extent to which urban regeneration can be considered a climate change adaptation option. It also explores the potential challenges and outcomes in using urban regeneration as an adaptation strategy for enhancing health resilience, such as through improved housing and sanitation, at the city level.


Making the most of variability: innovative rangeland management in China

Reviving knowledge: India’s rainfed farming, variability and diversity

Key sanitation issues: commitments, coverage, choice, context, co-production, costs, capital, city-wide coverage


A forest ranger takes measurements of a tree at Megeni Kitasha in the Rombo District in Moshi, Tanzania (Photo: FAO/Simon Maina)
IIED and partners are at the World Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa, this week. Members of our Natural Resources Group will play a key role in a number of events and activities and we also have an exhibition stand (G1-G3) where you can visit our publications library, meet our team and ask questions.

You can also keep up to date on developments, hear the latest news and find out about new publications by following IIED on Twitter.

Job vacancy: Climate Change Group Head

IIED is looking for a senior research professional to manage and lead its Climate Change Group.

Closing date:  4pm (BST) 30 September, 2015
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