Annual report 2008/09

Following the financial meltdown of 2008/09, IIED's Annual Report asked how we can build a more sustainable global economy.


IIED Annual Report 2008/09: A sense of direction

2008/09 was a year of horizon-scanning for IIED: defining a sense of direction in a rapidly changing world. IIED formulated its new five-year strategy for 2009-2014 strategy, and the focus of this report was foresight and horizon-scanning.


In this year’s Annual Report, seven leading minds looked at the shape of things to come. These were:

Global economy: Transforming finance for a sustainable future by Nick Robins, Head, HSBC Climate Change Centre of Excellence

China: Finding a way to crack the energy puzzle by Christine Loh, CEO, Civic Exchange, Hong Kong

Climate change: Readiness for the road beyond Copenhagen by R. K. Pachauri, Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Water: How feeding the world will empty local wells by Fred Pearce, Science writer; New Scientist, environment consultant, UK

Africa: Fifty-three countries becoming a region by Hadeel Ibrahim, Executive Director, Mo Ibrahim Foundation UK

Cities: Bottom-up imperatives in an urbanising world by Sheela Patel, Founder/Director, Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centers (SPARC), Mumbai

Biodiversity: Fighting a ‘triple whammy’ of destructive biases by Pavan Sukhdev, Head of Green Economy Initiative, UN Environment Programme (UNEP); Study Leader, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) Initiative