IIED is an independent, non-profit organisation which promotes sustainable patterns of world development through collaborative research, policy studies, consensus building and public information.
With a focus on issues of equity and justice, and the rights and needs of poor people, the Institute works in an interdisciplinary way, addressing the connections between economic development, the environment and human needs.
IIED's principal aim is to improve the management of natural resources so that communities and countries of the South can improve living standards without jeopardising their resource base. Its work is undertaken with, or on behalf of governments and international agencies, the academic community, foundations and non-governmental organisations, community groups and the people they represent.
IIED has headquarters in London, a sister organisation in Latin America and an associated institution in North America. Close collaboration is maintained with partner organisations in other countries.