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Newsletter from EfD

December 2020


Dear friend of Environment for Development,

2020 has been a challenging year in many ways. However, as the year draws to an end, we can conclude that we have a lot of great news on how EfD's global network has an impact on policy-making and capacity development in the Global South.
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The agreement is signed – Sida and EfD continues cooperation for sustainability and poverty alleviation in the Global South

Linnéa Hermansen, project manager at Sida

Linnéa Hermansen is Project Manager at Sida. Photo: Sida.

Sida has decided to grant 160,000,000 SEK to support the Environment for Development Initiative also in the next four years. That means that EfD can continue to address the most urgent environmental challenges in the Global South, to help alleviate poverty, and to contribute to sustainable development.

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Inclusive green economy program to be launched for East Africa

The Nile River in Uganda

The Nile River in Uganda, one of the five participating countries. Photo: Pixabay

Environment for Development (EfD) and Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development (GMV) at the University of Gothenburg, collaborate in an extensive program for capacity development in five African countries. This innovative program, to be launched in January 2021, aims at strengthening government agencies in East Africa to transform towards an inclusive green economy (IGE).

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EfD's Annual Meeting 2020 – a virtual success

The Annual Meeting was virtual this year

A great line-up of speakers, well functioning technical solutions and more participants than ever ensured a successful event despite the pandemic. But the evaluation of the meeting showed that many people missed the in-person meetings and informal discussions from previous years, which often leads to new connections and research ideas.

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Did you miss the Annual Meeting?

You can see films from all the keynotes and the general assembly if you click below!

Staff from EfD Global Hub

Urvashi Narain: Air quality management in India
Menale Kassie: New technologies for green growth or greener agriculture
Jan Steckel: Emissions pricing in low- and middle-income countries
Farzana Afridi: Women's work, production technology, and the environment
General Assembly

Part of the organizing committee


ENRRI-EfD Ghana trained journalists on environment and natural resource reporting

Participants in the Ghana workshop

Participants in the workshop. Photo: EfD Ghana

EfD Ghana organized training on the environment and natural resource reporting for journalists in Ghana. The two-day training contributed to strengthening the journalists’ understanding of Ghana’s natural resource challenges as well as giving them tools and skills for developing impactful stories.

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School children were educated on plastic pollution in the oceans

School children in Chile learned about plastics in the oceans

The children in the project will be excellent ambassadors for saving the oceans from plastic. Photo: EfD Chile

Chile EfD and the Chilean Ministry of Environment designed and implemented an educational program on marine plastic pollution for 1,058 fourth grade students. The project aimed at evaluating the effects of the program on students' and parents’ knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) regarding the consumption and disposal of plastics.

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EfD Nigeria draws a roadmap for including natural capital in Nigeria's national accounting

Nigerian government staff participating in workshop

Nigerian government staff learns about natural capital in national accounting. Photo: EfD Nigeria

EfD Nigeria organized a workshop and training on natural capital accounting in collaboration with the African Regional Platform on Natural Capital. Government staff from Nigeria’s ministries of environment, finance, budget and planning, statistics were represented in the workshop, as well as academia.

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Rice farmers can get better yields and crops that are more resilient to climate change

Traditional rice plantation in Tanzania

Rice fields in Tanzania. Photo: Pixabay

EfD researchers have studied the effects of a method of rice cultivation that can increase crop productivity and requires less water and fewer seeds. The study took place in Kilombero, a major rice-growing region in Tanzania. However, many farmers are reluctant to adopt this method despite all the advantages.

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SBCA 2021 Annual Conference 

SBCA is planning for the 2021 Annual Conference amid the uncertainty related to COVID-19. Some or all conference sessions may take place via online platforms. For now, they are proceeding as if the conference will take place in person, at George Washington University's Marvin Center, March 17-19, 2021.

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