IIED's May newsletter with a new collection on the FLoD wildlife trade initiative, outstanding women blogs and more on the upcoming CBA12.
An elephant in Uganda's Murchison Falls National Park. (Photo: Jurriaan Persyn, Creative Commons via Flickr)
New publications

New collection from the First Line of Defence against Illegal Wildlife Trade (FLoD) initiative

IIED and IUCN, as part of the First Line of Defence against Illegal Wildlife Trade (FLoD) initiative, have published new case studies, a policy briefing and a toolkit to help build community engagement in combatting the illegal wildlife trade.

Read more about the initiative and download all the new publications.

Women using the Changu Changu Moto Fuel-Efficient Clean Cookstove, Malawi, Africa (Photo: Ripple Africa)
Guest blog by Stella Gama

Technologies for sustainable development: mind the gender gap

Stella Gama, Deputy Director of Forestry at Malawi’s Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Environment suggests in a new blog that new technologies must be designed to meet the needs of the group most likely to use them: women.

Read her blog at the IIED website.

"To achieve the ambition of gender equality as set out in SDG 5 – and interwoven through all the other goals – technology must be accessible to women."

–  Stella Gama
Watching fishermen at the end of the day on the beach of Kotchi, Kerala, India (Photo: Antoine Collet, Creative Commons via Flickr)
Online event

IIED to host Twitter chat on oceans 

IIED is inviting researchers, policymakers and practitioners to share their work and ideas on oceans in an online conversation throughout the day on Thursday 31 May 2018. 

Find out more and join the #oceanhour Twitter chat
Enhancing resilience through adaptation: Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction committee members undertake flood prevention work in Ethiopia (Photo: USAID, Creative Commons via Flickr)
Article by Nanki Kaur

CBA12 Day3: How can we drive investment to locally-driven adaptation?

Sessions on day three of the CBA12 event will give practitioners working with local communities on climate action the opportunity to pitch real-life proposals to investors.

Read all about it in the Q&A and register for CBA12.
Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim speaking the World Economic Forum in 2017 (Photo: Jakob Polacsek/World Economic Forum, Creative Commons via Flickr)
Q&A with Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim

Getting indigenous women's voices heard on the SDGs

In a new interview, Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim from the Mbororo pastoralist community of Chad discusses the challenges facing indigenous women and how to get sustainable development policies in place that really support their needs. 

Read the interview and check out the outstanding women in development series.
There is often very little data available about people living in informal settlements such as these along the riverfront in Ahmedabad in India (Photo: Emmanuel Dyan, Creative Commons via Flickr)
New blog by David Satterthwaite

Is urban development too complicated for us? 

Grassroots organisations and federations of residents of informal settlements have a deep knowledge of their needs. Aid agencies could benefit from working with them to have a better understanding of what needs their aid is meant to be addressing.

Find out more in the new blog.
Community mapping in Mtandire informal settlement, Malawi. Federations of the urban poor can help residents to identify and communicate their development priorities. (Photo: SDI, Creative Commons via Flickr)
New blog by Clare Shakya and Marek Soanes

Breaking barriers to local climate finance for the triple win 

Ingenious and cost-effective solutions to climate change developed by vulnerable communities are  underfinanced. IIED is exploring what’s blocking climate finance from reaching the local level and developing new insights for getting money to those on the front lines of climate action.
Read about it in the new blog.
Refugees, healthcare and crises: informal Syrian health workers in Lebanon
Working paper, 36 pages

Refugees, healthcare and crises: informal Syrian health workers in Lebanon 

This working paper details the challenges Syrian healthcare workers face in Lebanon and explores strategies Syrian health workers use to help cope with barriers such as formal labour market entry, the threat of deportation, ethical challenges in practice, and discrimination.
Local communities: First Line of Defence against illegal wildlife trade (FLoD)
Toolkit, 56 pages

Local communities: First Line of Defence against illegal wildlife trade (FLoD)

The FLoD initiative uses a learning process to help local communities, project designers and implementers to understand the context-specific motivations behind the legal and illegal activities of local communities.

This manual provides detailed guidance for implementing the FLoD methodology. It is also available in French and Portuguese.
Citizen-generated evidence for a more sustainable and healthy food system
Research report, 24 pages

Citizen-generated evidence for a more sustainable and healthy food system

This paper from the Sustainable Diets for All programme focuses on citizen-generated evidence as a means for defending and improving the food system of people living in poverty. It clearly outlines a range of approaches to citizen-generated evidence including primary data collection and citizen access to and use of existing information. 
IIED Briefing papers
IIED Briefing papers


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