In support of emerging and developing countries efforts to develop rigorous green growth economic development strategies, GGGI has refined a delivery model that is heavily focused on in-country delivery while ensuring the existence of a firm feedback loop between in-country experience and analysis and global products and services.
GGGI’s hands-on, country work is carried out by our Green Growth Planning & Implementation (GGP&I) division. Our experts are embedded within partner governments as trusted advisors to explore green growth opportunities in line with the country’s development goals.
GGGI conducts macro-economic and sectoral analyses to identify green growth opportunities in a given country as well as establish trust with government counterparts and other partners in-country. Next, based on the analysis, we offer a comprehensive set of services based on our value chain (see figure below). Lastly, we assist with the implementation of our services and developing finance mechanisms to ensure their delivery.
GGGI’s approach is both flexible and tailored to local needs. We are able to work at national, state, and city levels to develop strategies and convert them into implementable actions that reconcile short-term development needs with long-term vision.
Effective implementation of GGP&I services and products begins with the identification suitable partners that demonstrate the potential for successful delivery of programs. Once partners are identified, GGP&I carries-out a scoping phase that consists of a situation and stakeholder mapping and analysis, the identification of gaps, the establishment of trust with in-country stakeholders, and the signing of an MoU with the appropriate government counterparts.
GGP&I and in-country stakeholders then partner to develop a comprehensive and customized green growth plan by working through the GGGI Value Chain – a flexible planning and implementation framework that takes into account the different institutional capacities and sectoral conditions between partner countries. The Value Chain, in the form of a checklist, sets out a green growth planning and implementation approach:
- Assessment of economic development and environmental sustainability objectives
- Analysis of investment conditions and general financial regulatory framework
- Green Impact Assessment
- Assessment of sectoral potential for green growth to achieve socioeconomic development objectives
- Micro economic modeling of detailed, sector-by-sector (i.e. power, transport, buildings, industry, agriculture, and forestry) CO2 mitigation potential
- Macroeconomic analysis, assessing the potential impacts of a low-carbon transition on economic growth, employment, poverty reduction, trade, and other macroeconomic factors
- Sector/Sub-sector strategy & planning
- Detailed, step-by-step analysis of the credible pathways from business-as-usual to the desired outcomes
- Analysis of the financial flows required by the transition, and an assessment of potential financing sources including both public & private and domestic & international sources
- Selection of investment plans to be utilized in a consistent green growth strategy
- Design, financing and implementation
- Advice on the design of policies that could help deliver the desired outcome – drawing on the experience and expertise of “Best Practice Networks”
- Sharing of best practices on implementation and institutionalization of green growth plans
- Support for policy implementation through Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) activities
Our interventions emphasize change in four priority areas in which we consider to be essential to transforming countries’ economies. While not limited to these themes, the GGP&I Division is maximizing the impact of its products and services in the following areas:
- GGGI sees a fundamental transformation in the global energy sector as a key to driving economic growth, meeting growing demand, reducing energy poverty, and addressing future climate risk. Innovative approaches to business models, financing systems, and regulatory and policy frameworks will be necessary to ensure that these opportunities and challenges are addressed in a green and sustainable manner.
- One of our most basic natural resources, water presents diverse social impacts and is critical to agricultural, industrial and energy production. GGP&I works to address issues impacting water availability and use by encouraging water-related innovation in industries and investment in green urban infrastructure, and through integration with policies on water allocation in economic sectors.
- Approximately 2.6 billion people across the globe rely on agriculture for their livelihoods; therefore, land-use and land degradation have a direct impact on social welfare and pose a significant challenge to efforts aimed at reducing poverty and enhancing food security. GGP&I is working to develop and implement approaches in the agriculture and forestry sectors that can improve food security, create sustainable jobs, and introduce innovative technology for better resource efficiency and productivity.
- Green City Development
- With over half of today’s global population now living in urban areas, cities consume 70% of global energy and produce between 60% and 80% of all global greenhouse gas emissions. GGP&I is prioritizing work with developing and emerging countries to avoid lock-in to low-density and inefficient cities, and develop the analytical, institutional, and financial capacity to plan green cities that are compact, connected, and coordinated.
Responsible for managing in-country relationships and overall delivery results, GGP&I is the primary interface with partner governments. This work began in 2010, with delivery of services in three partner countries: Brazil, Ethiopia and Indonesia. Between 2011 and 2012, GGP&I extended its work into Cambodia, China, India, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Mongolia, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam. In 2013 and 2014, our GGP&I work continued in these countries and developed regional projects in the Mekong Delta, as well as launched programs in Colombia, Morocco, South Africa, and the South Pacific.
In response to Member’s demands, 2015 will see GGP&I increase its presence in 10 least developed and lower income Member countries across Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America. Earmarked funding will also support additional operations in 7 other countries in the Middle East and North Africa regions
South-South policy dialogue and experience sharing
In addition to providing support for green growth planning and implementation within individual developing and emerging countries, GGGI aims to create an open, global platform for the sharing of experience and insight among countries that are pursuing rigorous green growth strategies, whether or not these have been prepared with GGGI’s assistance. GGGI seeks to build a community of senior policymakers (e.g. vice ministers, directors general) having responsibility for the design and implementation of green growth plans within their countries from which they derive mutual, ongoing benefit. This Green Growth Leaders community will serve as a forum for peer exchange and advice, a global pool of expertise for other policymakers whose countries are contemplating green growth, a feedback mechanism for the comparative analysis and continuous improvement of green growth planning methodologies and an informal group of global ambassadors for the new development paradigm that is being forged out of their collective experience. The group will also be invited to provide guidance on the GGGI research agenda, thereby helping to ensure that our work is of the greatest possible relevance to those green growth practitioners who are operating at the cutting edge of the field especially in developing and emerging countries.