Primary forest loss remains stubbornly high across the tropics
Interview

Primary forest loss remains stubbornly high across the tropics

Primary forest loss has remained persistently high for the last two decades. GIS Research Manager for Global Forest Watch, Elizabeth Dow Goldman offers her analysis of the primary forest situation worldwide.
Elizabeth Dow Goldman
Cities: reappraising the value of transitional urban development projects
Opinion

Cities: reappraising the value of transitional urban development projects

For Raphaël Besson of Villes Innovations, the value of transitional urban development projects lies not so much in their direct market impacts as in their externalities. The challenge is to increase the involvement of stakeholders and local residents.
Raphaël Besson
Noise Pollution in Oceans:<br>A Resounding Threat
Development news

Noise Pollution in Oceans:
A Resounding Threat

Little is known about noise pollution in oceans because it is impalpable and invisible. And yet, its effects are felt by marine animals. Noise is far louder underwater than in air; it is a threat to marine fauna and alters the balance of natural ecosystems
ID4D editorial staff
Environment: What’s a post-COVID-19 World?
Press Review

Environment: What’s a post-COVID-19 World?

Despite notable environmental progress, climate change is still a reality. As the COVID-19 crisis is widening inequalities, global warming continues to threaten ecosystems and the survival of populations. A post-COVID-19 world must consider the danger of both crises.
ID4D editorial staff
Water Kiosks Used in Cambodia to Reach Isolated Communities
Interview

Water Kiosks Used in Cambodia to Reach Isolated Communities

In 2017, only 17% of the rural population in Cambodia had access to safe drinking water. In 2005, NGO 1001fontaines developed a water kiosk model in the country that has been replicated all over the world. Interview with its Executive Director for Cambodia, Frédéric Dubois.
Frédéric Dubois
Pastoralism in the Sahel: “Sedentism cannot be imposed”
Interview

Pastoralism in the Sahel: “Sedentism cannot be imposed”

Faced with rising violence, global warming and land grabs, nomadic herders are witnessing multiple threats to their lands. Boureïma Dodo, head of an association in Niger, talks about how pastoralism has changed and what future it might have.
Boureïma Dodo
COVID-19 in developing countries: multilateral cooperation is vital
Opinion

COVID-19 in developing countries: multilateral cooperation is vital

Could the COVID-19 crisis erase years of progress within poverty reduction? While G20 members come together, one of the OECD directors, Mario Pezzini, underlines the importance of multilateral cooperation in these times of turmoil.
Mario Pezzini
City and climate, prospects for a new urban model
Opinion

City and climate, prospects for a new urban model

In the transition of our societies towards lifestyles that are more resilient to climate change, one essential factor will be the organization and management of cities and their capacity to access financial resources and invent new sustainable urban models.
Frédéric Audras
The Financialization of Water: Pursuit of Profit Draining Human Rights
Development news

The Financialization of Water: Pursuit of Profit Draining Human Rights

Fresh water, blue gold? As water resources become scarcer and demand continues to grow, financiers are turning water into an object of speculation and a commodity like any other. In the process, they are threatening human rights.
Ahmed Aboutaleb: “Restoring the sponge function of Rotterdam”
Is natural gas a solution to meet Paris Agreement goals in Latin America?

Is natural gas a solution to meet Paris Agreement goals in Latin America?

Are the electricity expansion plans in Latin America and the Caribbean consistent with Paris Agreement targets? A recent study suggests a massive transition to natural gas will only delay the problem.
Oskar Lecuyer, Esperanza González-Mahecha
Electrification in Niger: “We are lagging behind population growth”
Interview

Electrification in Niger: “We are lagging behind population growth”

Health, demographics, national security: Alhassane Halid, Director of the Nigerien electric company (Nigelec), the main electricity supplier in Niger, discusses the challenges and prospects for the country’s electrification.
Halid Alhassane
“With rare metals, rich countries have outsourced pollution”

“With rare metals, rich countries have outsourced pollution”

After six years of investigation, journalist Guillaume Pitron warns us of the environmental and social impacts of rare metals, a vital component of green technology. Is the energy transition really as virtuous as it seems?
Guillaume Pitron
Renewable energy in sub-Saharan Africa: supporting a fragile process
Opinion

Renewable energy in sub-Saharan Africa: supporting a fragile process

The roll-out of renewable energy in sub-Saharan Africa is threatened by the default risk of State-owned electricity companies that are all too often strapped for cash. How to protect and reinforce renewably sourced electricity production?
Benjamin Denis
When real estate financialization filters people out
Interview

When real estate financialization filters people out

According to social sciences researcher Julien Migozzi, the financialization of South Africa’s housing market is entrenching existing inequalities. The public sector and aid organizations have an important role to play in countering these dynamics.
Julien Migozzi
Financialization of Cities: A new challenge for cooperation and development stakeholders
Opinion

Financialization of Cities: A new challenge for cooperation and development stakeholders

Since the 1980s, the financialization of real estate has remodeled urban governance, placing it increasingly in the hands of investors. Cooperation and development stakeholders should take a look at this risky practice.
Bruno Marot
Sanitation: Why toilets need to be reinvented
Interview

Sanitation: Why toilets need to be reinvented

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the USA. It develops a pragmatic approach to the fight against infectious diseases by advocating for the “reinvention” of toilets. In addition to its financial support for the search for innovative...
Doulaye Kone
Hybridize the Commons: The example of the Polynesian lagoons
Opinion

Hybridize the Commons: The example of the Polynesian lagoons

Very popular in recent years, the concept of commons might yet be counterproductive if misinterpreted. Explanations with Thierry Paulais (AFD) based on an example of natural resources management from Polynesia. .
Thierry Paulais
A plastic (waste) world
Development news

A plastic (waste) world

Cheap, solid, lightweight: plastic has changed how we consume and live. But, as practical as they may be, 50% of plastic objects are single-use and, in both the North and South, we are never truly rid of plastic waste.
ID4D editorial staff
Innovate for sanitation! A pressing need, a complex process
Opinion

Innovate for sanitation! A pressing need, a complex process

Martin Leménager, Water and Sanitation task team leader at AFD, takes stock for ID4D of the interest of encouraging NGOs and actors in the field to innovate for sanitation.
Martin Leménager
When innovation and private enterprise facilitate access to drinking water
Interview

When innovation and private enterprise facilitate access to drinking water

How to facilitate access to drinking water when public authorities are unable to provide it? Askwar Hilonga, a Tanzanian engineer, answered the question by developing a water filter able to filter 99.9% of micro-organisms and chemical products.
Askwar HILONGA
Urban renewal: Let’s combine elephants and mice!
Opinion

Urban renewal: Let’s combine elephants and mice!

Large-scale urban projects have shown their limits and yet they continue to crystalize a vision of the ideal city. At a time when the challenges mainly lie in improving what already exists, new approaches make cities a Common by putting residents back at the center of their fabric....
Jérémie Daussin-Charpantier, Marie-Alexandra Coste
The fight against pollution and “green” buildings: China’s great leap forward
Interview

The fight against pollution and “green” buildings: China’s great leap forward

China causes over a quarter of global CO2 emissions. Aymeric Novel from the French company Terao, which is specialized in energy efficiency, takes a look at China’s efforts for green buildings to combat pollution.
Aymeric Novel
The environmental paradox of the digital transition
Development news

The environmental paradox of the digital transition

Digital technologies bring new opportunities to reduce our environmental footprint. But it turns out that they also pollute. Is the digital transition a new vicious circle or a wealth of solutions for the ecological transition?
ID4D editorial staff

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