International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
This month register for events on urban crises and food security, D&C Days, and read about artisanal and small-scale mining in Ghana.
September 2017
Rescuers looking for survivors after the 2015 Nepal earthquake. (Photo: anjetika, Creative Commons via Flickr)

IIED hosts international conference on humanitarian response in urban crises

Register your interest for IIED’s and IRC’s upcoming event, ‘From cities in crisis to crises in cities: towards a collaborative urban humanitarian response’, in London on 15-16 November 2017. 

This event will bring together researchers, practitioners and policy makers from the humanitarian and development communities, urban representatives, and donor organisations to reflect on ways of achieving more effective and collaborative urban humanitarian response.  

Register for the conference and submit an abstract on the IIED website by 22nd September.

News and blogs

Cutting down trees, especially for livestock grazing, can lead to soil erosion, as seen on this hillside outside Addis Ababa (Photo: Aaron Minnick/WRI, Creative Commons via Flickr)

Shaping the future of forest and farm landscapes in Africa

As governments in sub-Saharan Africa seek to balance food production with forest conservation targets, IIED as part of a new interdisciplinary partnership, will be working with sector experts, scientists and practitioners to better understand and manage the growing competition for land. 
A snack store in Bandung, Indonesia (Photo: Ikhlasul Amal, Creative Commons via Flickr)

Multi-stakeholder action & food diversity from farm to plate

Join IIED, Hivos, UN Environment and the Zambian Government for a side event at the 44th Committee on World Food Security (CFS44). We'll discuss diversification of food production and consumption with expert panellists; 10 October at 6:00pm. Contact natalie.lartey@iied.org for info and registration.
Kwaku Eric Gyamera speaking to colleagues at Goldbank Resources in Ghana's eastern region. (Photo: Kwesi Annim)

Spotlight on... The golden practices that defy gloom

Pollution, exploitation and spoiled landscapes have long been seen as the inevitable outcome of artisanal and small-scale (ASM) gold mining in Ghana. But against this backdrop of neglect and degradation, pockets of responsible practice exist.

In January 2016 Ghana hosted a multi-stakeholder 'action dialogue' on ASM - the first of a global dialogue series convened by IIED to promote a sustainable and productive ASM sector.

Read about seven individuals who, each in their own way, show how responsible ASM can be a positive force for local economies and sustainable development.

New publications this month

Emergency cash transfers and women’s economic empowerment in post-earthquake Nepal
Emergency cash transfers and women’s economic empowerment in post-earthquake Nepal 
As humanitarian cash-based programmes become an increasing focus in urban areas, this paper explores how they can influence gender equality and women’s economic empowerment by analysing the different experiences of the beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries of emergency cash transfer programmes in Kathmandu Valley.
Adaptation fondée sur les écosystèmes: Orientation sur la base d’un questionnaire pour évaluer l’efficacité
Adaptation fondée sur les écosystèmes: Orientation sur la base d’un questionnaire pour évaluer l’efficacité This booklet, newly translated into French, sets out guidance for assessing the effectiveness of an ecosystem-based approach to climate change adaptation. It describes a process that can be used by project managers and researchers to shape project design, assess the progress of an ongoing project or draw conclusions about the effectiveness of a project that has ended. (also in English)
Surviving in Cairo as a closed-file refugee: socio-economic and protection challenges
Using data generated from focus groups with closed-file and rejected asylum seekers, community leaders and service providers, Surviving in Cairo as a closed-file refugee: socio-economic and protection challenges explores their livelihood experiences and protection challenges. Discussions focused on the important aspects of livelihoods which include housing, education, health and employment. The target groups communicated their coping strategies that help them survive in Egypt and overcome the structural barriers they face.

Briefings

Rethinking post-disaster relocation in urban India

Aménagements hydro-agricoles: un guide pratique pour sécuriser l’État et les producteurs au Niger
D&C Days logo
Registration is now open for the 15th annual Development & Climate Days (D&C Days) during COP23 in Bonn, Germany, 11-12 November 2017. 

This year’s D&C Days will bring people together to explore four themes:
• Resilience through empowerment and access
• Valuing lived experience, and local knowledge
• Transparency and downward accountability
• Shared resilience

The approaches discussed will encourage participants to interact, challenge existing thinking and to generate new ideas that will go beyond COP23. 

Full details and registration on Eventbrite.
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