Make Change Happen podcast

The ‘Make Change Happen’ podcast provides informal insights into IIED’s work to create positive change and make the complex issues we face more accessible to wider audiences. The title refers to IIED’s 2019-2024 strategy, which sets out how IIED plans to respond to the critical challenges of our time.

Episode 7: Shared vulnerabilities? Connecting climate and health in cities

Cities and towns are hugely impacted by both climate change and public health crises. This combined (and intertwined) threat weighs heaviest on the poorest urban communities. Health and climate specialists are already working hard on reducing urban risk and increasing resilience, but what has COVID-19 shown us about how these experts could learn from each other, and how they could work better with knowledgeable local actors? This episode includes valuable reflections from India and Sierra Leone. Read more about episode 7.

Episode 6: Reimagining refugee futures: cities, not camps?

Of the approximately 71 million people displaced by conflict and violence worldwide, nearly 26 million are considered refugees. But are more secure futures hindered by a collective failure to see refugees as diverse people, with skills to offer, and preferences about where they call home? For World Refugee Day, we discuss new IIED research comparing refugees’ experiences of life in urban areas to that in camps, and hear about an energy access project that captures some of the complexity of working with displaced people. Read more about episode 6.

Episode 5: What makes a sustainable diet? And who decides?

Globally, we are producing more food than ever. But for many of the world’s poorer citizens, secure access to safe food is becoming less certain. To counter this, an advocacy programme called Sustainable Diets for All is asking: how can we create food systems that are fairer, healthier and more sustainable? With contributions from partners Vladimir Garcia in Bolivia, Emma Blackmore in Kenya and Mangiza Chirwa in Zambia, host Liz Carlile and experts Alejandro Guarin and Costanza de Toma examine work to fight for more diverse food production and better, affordable diets for everybody. Read more about episode 5.

Episode 4: The trouble with growth

Growth is usually measured by gross domestic product (GDP). But while this can indicate the health of other factors – such as jobs, livelihoods and even poverty reduction – it paints a limited picture. GDP does not capture inequality, despite the effect this has on wellbeing. It excludes the environment and the care economy – meaning a huge amount of work done by women literally doesn’t count. GDP also largely overlooks greenhouse gas emissions, failing to count the cost to vulnerable countries. In fact, damaging climate shocks can even count as ‘positive’ when we focus on GDP, as destruction prompts recovery spending. Discussing these and other issues are IIED director Andrew Norton and experts Essam Yassin Mohammed, Clare Shakya and Paul Steele. Read more about episode 4.

Episode 3: Seizing opportunities for urban change

A quarter of the world’s urban population live in informal settlements, mostly in the global South. In advance of the 2020 World Urban Forum in February 2020, this episode looks at how IIED’s work with marginalised urban communities developed, and what opportunities exist now for building more inclusive cities. Guests David Satterthwaite and Anna Walnycki explain why they feel optimistic about the opportunities for inclusive, low-carbon sustainable urbanisation, inspired by successful community-led projects and the urban residents doing this vital work. Read more about episode 3.

Episode 2: Delivering energy access for all

Access to electricity in the poorest countries has begun to accelerate, energy efficiency continues to improve, and renewable energy is making gains in the electricity sector. But despite this progress, around a billion people remain without access to electricity while some 3 billion are without access to clean cooking fuels and technologies. Off-grid and mini-grid solutions can be designed to provide affordable electricity to poor communities in hard-to-reach areas, but governments hoping to harness these technologies to achieve SDG7 need to find new ways to attract more finance. Read more about episode 2.

Episode 1: Protecting our ocean

Nearly three quarters of our planet is covered by water; the ocean is the earth’s essential life support system. But much of the ocean is under-regulated and over-exploited. IIED’s new podcast looks at international efforts to protect the ocean, support marine biodiversity and create sustainable fisheries. Read more about episode 1.

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