In this month’s issue... information about IIED events at European Development Days, plans for World Oceans Day and making the links between woodlands and wellbeing.
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Collecting water from a solar-based purification system supplied by CAFOD. Chila Union, Mongla District, Bangladesh. Photo: Photo: Paula Nyunt / CAFOD

IIED at European Development Days 2015

IIED and partners will be running sessions on economic incentives for fisheries management and universal energy access at this year's European Development Days (EDD15) in Brussels this month.
The gender balance of the panel of special guests at the opening of IIED's 9th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA9)

Gender lens: putting on the spectacles

As part of IIED's gender review and audit, we ask if other organisations have advice or suggestions on improvements that we can make.
Imahe of workshop attendees

Waking the lazy, sleepy giant

Read a recent blog about a two-day 'visioning workshop' on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) which generated a shared sense of optimism – and a vision to wake up the 'big lazy sleeping giant' that is government.

Spotlight on...making hydropower work for communities and investors

Manantali dam in Mali (Photo: OMVS/SOGEM via Google license)
Large dams transform the way that local people in developing countries access and use water. Water mobilisation can underpin, or undermine, local livelihoods strategies. IIED is engaged in a broad programme of research and policy work on bridging national and local development objectives through the sharing of benefits derived from water resources mobilisation by large dams.

We have just published three new publications based on this work; a discussion paper looking at the business case for bilateral support to improve sustainability of private sector hydropower and two new briefing papers; Managing the environmental and social risks of hydropower and Routing revenue from hydropower dams to deliver local development.
Find out more about our work

New publications this month

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The relationship between development finance and climate finance is a key political issue. Some, particularly least developed country (LDC) climate negotiators, stress the differences. Others - most bilateral development agencies - stress the similarities. But understanding this relationship has now become urgent. Download our new discussion paper, Development finance and climate finance: achieving zero poverty and zero emissions which explores these issues.
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Increasing urbanisation and the accompanying changes in land-use patterns are leading to a silent crisis through the destruction of ecosystems and the services they provide to support the poor, as well as affecting the resilience of urban areas. Using the example of Gorakhpur City, a new paper, Wheezing ecosystems, livelihood services and climate change resilience in Uttar Pradesh, argues that not following basic ecosystem-based approaches to development can be detrimental for both populations and the ecosystem itself.


Making the links between woodlands and wellbeing: a multi-stakeholder approach

Impact of climate change on Least Developed Countries: are the SDGs possible?

Strengthening frameworks to monitor and evaluate climate adaptation in Uganda

Events:  World Oceans Day, 8 June 2015

Madagascan fishermen set out for a day's fishing in traditional dugout canoes. Madagascar is implementing community-based management for some of its marine resources (Photo: Andreas Hafenscher, Creative Commons via Flickr)
We are pleased to let you know about an event to mark World Oceans Day on 8 June, organised by University College London (UCL), WWF, the International Sustainability Unit (ISU) and IIED. Join us to discuss how governments, communities and the private sector can respond to the challenges faced by the world's oceans, and how you can help.
Date: 8 June 2015
Time: 6.30-8.45pm
Venue: Royal Geographical Society, London

Find out more and register

Job vacancies

Opportunities to join the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) are currently being advertised.  Please see below for more information.
Job vacancy

Group head – Sustainable Markets Group

We are looking for someone passionate about the role of markets and the private sector in environment and development, and who has a proven track record in leadership and policy research at an international level.

Closing date: 10am (UK time) on 29 June 2015

Job description and how to apply

Coordinator – Strategy and Learning Group

We are seeking a coordinator who will have a vital role supporting the activities of the team as a whole with particular focus on coordinating the group's post-2015 development framework projects as well as other cross-IIED initiatives.

Closing date: 10am on Friday, 5 June 2015

Job description and how to apply


We are seeking a UK-based trustee to join the international board of trustees for a three-year term. We are looking for someone who is well versed in governance, ideally from a legal background.

Financial literacy is essential and audit committee experience desirable. Closing date: 12pm on Wednesday, 10 June

Job description and how to apply


We are looking for someone with wide ranging financial and risk management experience at board level who has ideally fulfilled the role of treasurer in a not-for-profit organisation.

Closing date: 12pm on Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Job description and how to apply

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