Since 2011, the ELLA Network of partners has researched and run exchange and learning programmes on a broad range of sustainable development topics, focused on the extractive and rural economy, environmental concerns, and governance systems.

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Sustainable Economic Development

Extractive industries:
Sustainable development of the sector, including revenue generation and management, social licensing of investments, environmental safeguards, conflict management, and the generation of value-added and diversification through Local Content policies.

Rural livelihoods:
The promotion of smallholder farming through commercialisation for those seeking this route, and policies that respond to the needs of pastoralists who are among the most marginalised groups in most societies.

Labour markets:
Policies geared towards the heterogeneity of informal labour and firms, and employment promotion through active labour market policies.

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Environmental Management

Climate change adaptation in rural areas:
Adaptation by farming communities in arid, semi-arid and mountain ecosystems, through improved water technologies, traditional knowledge and the strengthening of agro-biodiversity.

Urban environmental resilience:
Environmental governance, urban transport, waste and other policies for mitigation and adaptation to climate change, and institutionalising city-level disaster risk management, including early warning systems.

Green growth:
Policies in the energy, building and water management sectors.

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Governance and Social Issues

Government Accountability:
To citizens (vertical accountability), through policies and programmes that promote transparency and access to information, plus citizen participation in, and oversight, of budgets and programmes at each level of government; and from the Executive to Parliament (horizontal accountability).

Human and Gender Rights:
The promotion of human rights and indigenous and minority rights, through National Institutions, strategic litigation, and rights-based approaches to public policy making, plus policies for gender equity through affirmative action and gender-budgeting, as well as approaches to tackling violence against women, with a particular focus on addressing domestic violence.

Citizen security:
Community based crime prevention approaches.