Development

Smart, Sustainable and Resilient cities: the Power of Nature-based Solutions (UNDP, 2021)

This report investigates the potential of nature-based solutions (NbS) to help build smart, sustainable and resilient cities. It draws from more than a decade of research and experience from G20 countries and beyond. Read more..

Driving Transformational Change: Foreign Policy and the 2030 Agenda (Adelphi & German Government, 2019)

The SDGs set out a powerful vision for a better world, but action since 2015 is not delivering that promise.  Read more…

Investing In Stability: Can extractive-led development help build peace? (Chatham House, 2015)

Over the past decade growing demand for resources, geostrategic competition and new technologies have pushed resource exploration and development into increasingly politically, socially and environmentally sensitive areas. At the same time, donors and multilateral development banks have backed ‘extractives-led growth’ models in fragile and conflict-affected situations on the basis that resource development may help support stability and thus the underlying conditions for peace. Read more..

Measuring Progress: Towards achieving the environmental dimensions of the SDGs (UN Environment, 2019)

The SDGs set out a powerful vision for a better world, but action since 2015 is not dThe SDGs provide a framework Read more…

Equity in Extractives: Stewarding Africa’s natural resources for all (Africa Progress Panel, 2013)

This report sets out an agenda for converting increased resource wealth into improved wellbeing.  Read more…

Natural Resource Management and Peacebuilding in Afghanistan (UN, 2013)

This report investigates the ways in which the management of land, water, minerals, forests and drugs are linked to instability and insecurity in Afghanistan. Its aims are two-fold: first, to suggest ways that the government and the international community can maximise the peacebuilding opportunities that come from better natural resource management and, second, to encourage the international community to introduce safeguards in their existing projects to ensure they do not inadvertently exacerbate conflict. Read more..

Environmental assessment as a tool for peacebuilding and development (UNEP & ELI, 2012)

Investing in environmental assessment is a focused and cost-effective intervention in post-conflict states because EIAs are a catalytic intervention Read more…

Capacity Development in post-conflict settings (EU-UN, 2012)

Conflict-sensitive natural resource management (NRM) systems are an important tool for preventing violence. Read more…

Boom or bust: how commodity price volatility impedes poverty reduction, and what to do about it (IISD, 2008)

Commodity price volatility is a big problem for commodity-dependent countries and producers. Read more…

Trade, Aid and Security – an agenda for peace and development (Earthscan, 2007)

Aid policy and trade policy – the crucial tools to unlock development – are seldom looked at from the perspective of promoting security Read more…

Trade, Aid and Security – an agenda for peace and development (Supermarket buying power: global supply chains and smallholder farmers (IISD, 2007)

Supermarkets now dominate food sales in developed countries and are rapidly expanding their global presence. At the same time, international consolidation and aggressive pricing strategies have concentrated market power in the hands of a few major retailers and strengthened their control over their suppliers. This paper is about the impact of the supermarkets’ increased market power on global supply chains and what this means for smallholder farmers in the developing world. Read more..

Regional Trade Agreements and conflict: Promoting conflict or building peace (IISD, 2005)

Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs) have become defining features of the modern economy and a powerful force for globalization. By the beginning of 2005 more than 250 RTAs had been notified to the World Trade Organization (WTO). The example of the European Union as an economically successful trade agreement and peaceful political arrangement has much to offer the world. But RTAs can be divisive and exclusive, and their terms can embed regional tensions and power imbalances. Read more..