Watch the recording of the 2018 Barbara Ward Lecture with Gro Harlem Brundtland.
Gro Harlem Brundtland delivered the 2018 Barbara Ward Lecture (Photo: Photo by Julius Honnor/IIED)
2018 Barbara Ward Lecture

Gro Harlem Brundtland calls for people to speak out against simplistic politics of populism

On 19 June, the former Norwegian Prime Minister delivered the 2018 Barbara Ward Lecture in London. The lecture series is organised in honour of IIED's founder Barbara Ward and celebrates outstanding women in development. In her speech Brundtland outlined the social and ideological changes since 1987, including the fall of the Iron Curtain, the growing influence of feminism and campaigns for racial and sexual equality.

She discussed the urgency needed in tackling climate change and inequality and stressed the importance of making fiscal as well as policy changes for development and climate change mitigation. The lecture was followed by a Q&A facilitated by IIED's chair Rebeca Grynspan, and can be viewed on the IIED website.

Plastic debris litters the beach on Clipperton Island, a tiny uninhabited coral atoll in the eastern Pacific Ocean. (Photo: Clifton Beard, Creative Commons via Flickr)
Blog by Essam Yassin Mohammed 

Transitioning towards a plastic free world 

Discarded plastic is a huge threat to our oceans. Principal researcher Essam Yassin Mohammed says we must do more to tackle the problem of plastic pollution and discusses IIED's future plans to work with partners on the issue.

Read the blog at the IIED website.

"There is no Ocean B. The only way to save our ocean is by making the problem of plastic waste history within a generation."

–  Essam Yassin Mohammed
CBA12, 11-14 June 2018

CBA12 connects grassroots voices and global climate policy 

CBA12 took place in Lilongwe, Malawi from 11-14 June. Adaptation practitioners, researchers, policy makers and investors met to discuss how to promote local action on climate change. 

Take a look at the summary with daily updates and footage from across the event.
This 500W solar system in a rural village in Uganda powers a home, a public broadcasting system, a barbershop and a video hall (Photo: SolarNow via USAID, Creative Commons via Flickr)
Blog by Sam Greene

What is 'aggregation' and how can it get climate finance working for the most vulnerable?

Climate finance is not being invested at the volume and scale needed to enable communities to respond to climate change. Researcher Sam Greene discusses some innovations that are 'aggregating' finance, recipients or information together to help money flow. 

Find out how we're bringing together donors, investors, innovators and community funds to explore solutions.
Uganda’s capital city Kampala hosts 98,300 officially registered refugees from 25 countries (Photo: Morgan Schmorgan, Creative Commons via Flickr)
Blog by Diane Archer

Kampala sets example for how cities can help refugees

In an opinion piece originally run for World Refugee Day on the Thomson Reuters Foundation News site, senior researcher Diane Archer looks at how one city in Africa is exploring ways to support its refugee and migrant population.

Read the blog now.
A herder with his livestock in Isiolo County, Kenya (Photo: Dorine Odongo/ILRI, Creative Commons via Flickr)

Ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation: strengthening the evidence and informing policy

IIED, together with IUCN and the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) is implementing an ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) project working with local partners in 12 countries, that aims to gather practical evidence and develop policy guidance on EbA implementation.

Read about the different country projects.
IIED support to the Least Developed Countries Group
Case study, 33 pages

IIED support to the Least Developed Countries Group

Members of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group are most vulnerable to climate change and have limited capacity to influence global climate change negotiations. To help them advance their priorities and make their voices heard in talks leading up to the Paris Agreement, IIED provided technical, logistical and financial support to increase the group’s engagement, strengthen the role and profile of its chair, and promote LDC positions in the media.

Read the case study
Smallholder farming systems in the Indian Himalayas: Key trends and innovations for resilience
Country report, 68 pages

Smallholder farming systems in the Indian Himalayas: Key trends and innovations for resilience

Traditional farmers in the Central and Eastern Indian Himalayas have experienced climatic changes in recent years, reducing agricultural productivity. They have responded by innovating to increase resilience and yields, using traditional knowledge, biodiversity and external knowledge.

This report explores key trends and factors that have supported biocultural innovation.

People centred advocacy for a more sustainable food system
Toolkit, 45 pages

People centred advocacy for a more sustainable food system

This toolkit provides guidance to advocacy professionals supporting low-income citizen groups to advocate for improved diets. It is ideal for civil society organisations that work with those neglected by food policy, low income consumers, producers, traders, processers and vendors - the people who form the backbone of informal food systems, but whose needs are rarely factored in by policy makers.

Download the toolkit
IIED Briefing papers
IIED Briefing papers


Embedding evaluation in national plans and policies to foster transformative development

Reducing climate risk and poverty: why China needs ecosystem-based adaptation

Biocultural innovation: the key to global food security?
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