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 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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