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Feature/Mongolian slums offer lessons for tomorrow’s sustainable cities

The ger district on the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar expands as more people move from rural areas in search of a better life. Booming urbanisation is poised to put a strain on shared resources, but a combination of local and global knowledge may be key to tackling this.

WRITTEN BY Lou Del Bello
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Feature/Cities without sewers

Where conventional sanitation is out of reach, old methods paired with new science can get human waste safely back in the ground, with environmental benefits and more. A project in Haiti is leading the way for cities without sewers.

WRITTEN BY Chelsea Wald
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Commentary/Small fry are beautiful: rethinking development in small-scale fisheries

Development investments often deliver “white elephants” – poorly integrated infrastructure that is left unused. Listening to the ideas of the people who fish, process, and trade fish provides a strong foundation for an alternative model of enhancing fish-based livelihoods.

WRITTEN BY Hampus Eriksson, Steven Cole & Jan van der Ploeg
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Commentary/Freezing fish in rural Solomon Islands

Experiments with solar-powered freezers could lead to future gains for fishers and poor communities. Women’s groups lead the way.

WRITTEN BY Hampus Eriksson, Steven Cole & Jan van der Ploeg
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Commentary/Preserved sardines in Timor-Leste

Local initiatives need local champions. Supporting Beacou’s women’s group is enhancing their fish-based livelihoods, “sardina azeita botir”.

WRITTEN BY Hampus Eriksson, Jan van der Ploeg & Steven Cole
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Commentary/White elephants in small-scale fisheries

An inappropriate blueprint can fail to deliver services, even if a development intervention seems to build on what people are already doing. Fisheries centres in Timor-Leste and Solomon Islands have shown how "blueprint" solutions don’t always work in practice.

WRITTEN BY Hampus Eriksson, Steven Cole & Jan van der Ploeg
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Commentary/Salting tilapia in Zambia

Where women and men both process the local fish catch, gender perceptions can skew their success. Communities working with WorldFish found better ways for all, with some added benefits for women.

WRITTEN BY Hampus Eriksson, Steven Cole & Jan van der Ploeg
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Feature/Moving from “doing less badly” to “sustainability”

It’s time to start thinking about development that benefits both people and the planet. It’s time to talk about transformation, and changing the way we change.

WRITTEN BY Marika Haeggman
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Opinion/Looking further, looking deeper – rethinking disaster resilience

The magnitude of a disaster is not measured solely by the size of an earthquake or strength of a storm. It depends on how societies are structured and organised, as this affects their disaster resilience.

WRITTEN BY Helena Hermansson & Sara Bondesson
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Opinion/Harvesting rain to improve crops across Africa

Grounded solutions for agriculture and water use in Africa need to suit the continent’s climate and water availability. This means moving away from large-scale irrigation and infrastructure to finding smarter ways of capturing rain and improving soil health.

WRITTEN BY Lars Berg