Programs & History

The Global Green Growth Institute is the amalgamation of parallel ideas of those in the public and private sectors committed to helping developing countries establish low-carbon, sustainable economic growth and social development (“green growth”) plans.

On August 15, 2008, President Lee Myung-bak of the Republic of Korea proclaimed “Low Carbon, Green Growth” as Korea’s new vision not only for his country, but for the world. This vision aimed to shift the current development paradigm of quantity-oriented, fossil-fuel dependent growth to quality-oriented growth with an emphasis on the use of new and renewable energy resources.

Meanwhile, a partnership entitled “Project Catalyst” joined the forces of private foundations , universities, think tanks, NGOs, senior leaders in the public and private realm to develop world-class tools, analytical approaches, and datasets that allows the rapid and rigorous development of green growth plans in  developing countries and regions. These tools and approaches have been developed and tested in countries such as Ethiopia, China, India, Mexico, Brazil, and Indonesia at both the national and local level.


GGGI has three main activities:

  • Country Green Growth Planning & Implementation– GGGI’s country work provides expert technical assistance and capacity building to developing countries and emerging economies with the aim to develop rigorous green growth economic development strategies.  It consists of green growth plan (GGP) analysis and design, domestic capacity building, and public-private partnership to support plan implementation. GGGI operates a tailored but consistent program for each country. During 2010, GGGI launched work in its first three countries:  Brazil, Ethiopia and Indonesia. In 2011 green growth planning commenced in Kazakhstan, the United Arab Emirates, and Cambodia. In 2012, GGGI began scoping and/or setup in the Amazon Basin, China, India, Jordan, Mongolia, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Thailand, and Vietnam.   read more >
  • Knowledge Development & Management–GGGI’s Knowledge Development & Management program is essentially designed to support the delivery of the green growth planning and implementation in developing countries through conducting economic research into various aspects of green growth theory and practice.  The Institute’s research portfolio is under active development internally and in cooperation with other organizations, including the Brookings Institution, London School of Economics, OECD, World Bank, and UNEP. read more >
  • Public-Private Cooperation– GGGI works to accelerate the transition of developing countries’ economy e towards green growth by facilitating industry-government cooperation to scale resource-efficient investment, innovation and management best practice within the private sector.  GGGI fosters public-private cooperation at two levels: (1) Links companies to developing country governments to help implement green growth plans; and, (2) Builds cooperation within and between industries, and links to relevant intergovernmental processes. read more >



Green Growth Planning and Implementation

A brief video piece about one of GGGI’s three main pillars: Green Growth Planning & Implem