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FEATURE: Dhaka, Bangladesh - How one woman’s idea unleashed community spirit

In Aftabnagar, a rapidly developing residential area in Dhaka, one woman started a food distribution initiative during the COVID-19 pandemic, which quickly transformed into a full-fledged community project working towards self sufficiency, food security and solidarity. Maheen Khan reports. [more]…

OPINION: COVID-19 and climate change – Lessons from the East

The rest of the world can learn from East Asian countries' effective responses to the COVID-19 pandemic - argues Simant Verma of ICLEI South Asia. It is also a moment to embrace COVID-19 recovery that is environmentally sustainable. [more]…

FEATURE: Rafiq Nagar, Mumbai - Residents confront COVID-19 on top of existing health threats

In Rafiq Nagar, a low-income neighbourhood in Mumbai, India, COVID-19 is an addition to the existing public health issues that are already faced by its residents. Shamimbanu Salim Sheikh shares her neighbourhood’s predicament. [more]…

FEATURE: Providing land access for climate-resilient infrastructure - India’s experience

The scarcity of land for development, and resulting high cost of land, is a challenge for developing new, climate-resilient infrastructure in India. Several local government bodies have trialled innovative schemes to work around this, but their successes are - as yet - insufficiently known and replicated. [more]…

FEATURE: Fiji - Community voices highlight lessons and opportunities for resilience

As COVID-19 intensified globally from February-May 2020, the government of Fiji enforced lockdown. Despite relatively few cases, communities such as the Nanuku settlements in Vatuwaqa, Suva felt the impact of the crisis. Jioje Fesaitu reports. [more]…

FEATURE: Women’s group boosts resilience in the face of crisis

Mama Jobe Jeng is a farmer in The Gambia’s west coast region and member of the local organisation Tresor Women Warrior. She recounts how belonging to the group has strengthened her ability to cope with COVID-19 and argues that the government should support women’s groups with resources and information in order to shore up community resilience more widely. Hbibatou Drammeh and Ebrima S F. Bah report. [more]…

FEATURE: Bangladeshi farmers respond to COVID-19 with innovation

The COVID-19 outbreak has affect the supply chains of farm businesses in Bangladesh, but small enterprise Prakritik Krishi Biponon Kendra has quickly adapted. Zakir Hossain reports. This is the second in a series of stories from 'Voices from the Frontline' by ICCCAD and CDKN. [more]…

Locust invasion in Mwingi-Cred_Greenpeace: Paul Basweti

VIDEO: Kenya’s perfect storm of Covid-19, floods and locusts swarms: What does it mean for food security?

The East African region is currently facing multiple threats of locust swarms, flooding and Covid-19 that are affecting the livelihoods and food security of millions of people. CDKN spoke to James Kuria of the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) to find out more. [more]…

VIDEO: Lockdown, slum style - an interview with Sheela Patel of Slum Dwellers International

Sheela Patel of Slum Dwellers International answers key questions surrounding the impact of COVID-19 on informal settlements and gives us a closer look at the reality of the slums in India. This is the first in a series of 'Stories from the frontline' from ICCCAD and CDKN. [more]…

Woman cleaning solar panel in Dhundi village, Gujarat_credit IWMI-Tata Water Policy Program

NEWS: New case studies from South Asia showcase best practice from the region

This week, CDKN is launching a new case study series on best practice examples of climate compatible development in South Asia. The series explores themes related to finance, climate-smart agriculture, renewable energy and the empowerment of women. [more]…

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