Sustainable Development Resources

A list of free guides, how-to tools and other resources on Sustainable Development for NGOs and development professionals.

A Free Handbook on Child-Responsive Urban Planning: Shaping Urbanization for Children

Shaping urbanization for children, a handbook on child-responsive urban planning, presents concepts, evidence and technical strategies to bring children to the foreground of urban planning. By focusing on children, this publication provides guidance on the central role that urban planning should play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), from a global perspective to a… [Read More]

Free Zambia Partnering Toolbook: An Essential Guide to Win-Win Collaboration for Sustainable Development

This toolbook is designed to support the uptake and delivery of partnerships that contribute to sustainable development in Zambia. It provides the rationale for forming these partnerships and offers a range of practical tools that can help people work in partnership more effectively. The toolbook supports the work of the Zambia Business in Development Facility…. [Read More]

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A Free Toolkit for Integrating Climate Change into the Development Project Cycle

This Toolkit is designed to facilitate the integration of climate change adaptation into development projects. It is organised around the following, simplified stages in the project cycle: analysis, design and implementation. Information & knowledge management, including monitoring and evaluation, is treated as an ongoing function which is integrated into each of these stages. A Toolkit… [Read More]

A Free Green City Development ToolKit

This tool kit is a reference for ADB staff, consultants, and city leaders that introduces key concepts of Green City development and identifies crosscutting issues that help in designing urban programs to support city development in a green and sustainable manner. It outlines a three-step city assessment framework and provides a summary of existing tools… [Read More]

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A Free Community Development Carbon Finance Toolkit

The Environmental Economics Programme together with South North prepared a carbon finance toolkit for the Community Development Carbon Fund of the World Bank. This is aimed at multiple audiences including Task Team Leaders, Local Government and local communities to help them better understand carbon finance and the potential for incorporating carbon finance into community development… [Read More]

A Free Toolkit for Localising the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

This toolkit has been prepared jointly by United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Local Government International Bureau (LGIB) within the context of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The toolkit is a part of a broader initiative aiming at mobilizing local capacity and unleashing opportunities for leaders to realize the MDGs at the local level…. [Read More]

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A Free Practical Guide: Ending the AIDS Epidemic for Adolescents, With Adolescents

This document provides guidance to programme designers, implementers, policy and decision-makers on how to meaningfully engage adolescents in the AIDS response and broader health programming. It discusses the principles of meaningful collaboration, recommendations for engaging with adolescents, and offers case studies of meaningful youth participation. Adolescents (10–19) are the only age group in which AIDS-related… [Read More]

Top 10 Free Downloadable Handbooks and Toolkits on Environmental Conservation

Check out this list of top 10 free downloadable handbooks and toolkits on environmental conservation, energy management and climate change adaptation. A Free Handbook for Anyone Working with the Public on Conservation: Enabling Ecoaction This handbook aims to be a road map for anyone working with the community to achieve environmental change, including environmental educators… [Read More]

Civil Society and Human Rights in Peril: Threats and Responses Across the World

[MUSIC PLAYING] Everybody, I know it's a Friday It's been a long week and this is the last mile, but you're all here for what I think is a very exciting event, this panel on Civil Society and Human Rights in Peril My name is Patrick Keller I'm a professor in the department of sociology,… [Read More]

Poverty | Wikipedia audio article

Poverty is the scarcity or the lack of a certain (variant) amount of material possessions or money Poverty is a multifaceted concept, which may include social, economic, and political elements Absolute poverty, extreme poverty, or destitution refers to the complete lack of the means necessary to meet basic personal needs such as food, clothing and… [Read More]