Thematic Strategies

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, GGGI is maximizing the impact of its products and services in the following areas: Sustainable Energy; Water and Sanitation; Sustainable Landscapes; Green Cities.

In response to Member’s demands, 2015 will see GGGI 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.

Green Cities

Over two-thirds of global population are forecast to live in urban areas by 2050. The implications of this phenomenon are significant. Many of the world’s cities are urbanizing in a largely unplanned manner, which has high negative externalities including poor air quality, infrastructure that is not climate resilient, inadequate provisioning of basic services and a lack of social inclusion and opportunity. Cities have a vital role to play in transitioning from resource inefficient patterns of growth and increasing access to services, and in so doing, supporting the transition to green growth.

Donovan Storey

Deputy Director and Head of Green Cities

Theory of Change: Green Cities

Greening cities provides opportunities to create sustainable livelihoods through providing green jobs, reducing GHG emissions, and increasing access to sustainable infrastructure and services.

GGGI’s thematic approach to green cities supports an integrated and cross-sectoral approach and responds to local, national, and global needs and commitments, through its five priority areas, namely:

1. Mainstreaming green growth into urban planning and management;

2. Resource efficient and low carbon cities;

3. Solid waste management: managing waste as resource;

4. Decentralized sanitation and wastewater solutions;

5. Sustainable transportation and mobility: connected and healthy cities.

GGGI aims to address these gaps through responding to demand in policy development at the national and municipal level, with a focus on supporting secondary and emerging cities. To support the change that is needed for urban transformation, we link project ideation to finance and build capacity which both enhances understanding of green growth in relation to cities, but also acts as a platform for identifying innovative projects for implementation. In doing so, GGGI strives to realize pro-poor, smart and inclusive cities in which sustainable urban services and green jobs are created to address the unmet needs of under-serviced and urban poor communities.

Projects

Project
Morocco green cities and territories development
Start Date Q4 2017
Funding Source Partner
Approved Budget USD 824 000
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Green Cities
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Readiness support to enhance green finance in the area of green cities in Lao PDR
Start Date Q2 2018
Funding Source Partner
Approved Budget USD 476 485
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Green Cities
  • Cross Cutting
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Sustainable Urban Wetlands Development within Kigali City
Start Date Q1 2018
Funding Source Partner
Approved Budget euro 1 000 000
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Green Cities
  • Sustainable Landscapes
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Rwanda Green City Pilot Project
Start Date Q1 2017
Funding Source Core
Approved Budget 0
Status Complete
Thematic Area
  • Green Cities
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Improving public transportation systems in Mexico
Start Date Q1 2017
Funding Source Core
Approved Budget USD 590 000
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Green Cities
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Viet Nam Urban Green Growth Action, Phase II
Start Date Q1 2017
Funding Source Core
Approved Budget USD 1 119 000
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Green Cities
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Mongolia Transition to Green Development – Phase 2
Start Date Q1 2017
Funding Source Core
Approved Budget USD 2 175 000
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Green Cities
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Cross Cutting
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Green Growth Program (Phase II)
Start Date Q1 2016
Funding Source Partner
Approved Budget NOK 178 000 000
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Green Cities
  • Sustainable Landscapes
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Cross Cutting
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Green Growth Pathways in Senegal
Start Date Q1 2017
Funding Source Core
Approved Budget 2 428 000
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Green Cities
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Cross Cutting
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Rwanda Climate Resilient Green Cities
Start Date Q1 2017
Funding Source Core
Approved Budget USD 2 965 000
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Green Cities
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Project
Implementation of the Nationally Determined Contribution of Nepal
Start Date Q1 2017
Funding Source Core
Approved Budget USD 1 207 000
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Green Cities
  • Cross Cutting
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Project
National and Sub-national planning, financing and budgeting for Green Growth
Start Date Q1 2017
Funding Source Core
Approved Budget USD 1 667 000
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Green Cities
  • Cross Cutting
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Cambodia Green Urban Development Program
Start Date Q1 2017
Funding Source Core
Approved Budget USD 1 637 000
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Green Cities
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Sub-National Growth Planning and Implementation
Start Date Q1 2015
Funding Source Core
Approved Budget USD 614 643
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Green Cities
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Project
Knowledge and Capacity Development
Start Date Q1 2016
Funding Source Partner
Approved Budget USD 704 109
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Green Cities
  • Sustainable Landscapes
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Cross Cutting
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News

News • December 11, 2018

Mexico’s State of Sonora affirms commitment to Green Bonds at GGGI’s Green Finance Workshop in Hermosillo

Hermosillo, December 11 — Sonora’s Treasurer Daniel Galindo Ruiz and Commissioner Luis Carlos Romo of the State Commission for Ecology and Sustainable Development (CEDES) opened a workshop on Green Bonds today in Hermosillo to inaugurate the launch of Sonora’s Green Bond Framework. The workshop, hosted by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the State […]

News • December 7, 2018

Electric Vehicles Promotion Consultation Workshop in Lao PDR

On December 7, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Lao PDR Country Team, in partnership with Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) held a consultation workshop on the promotion of Electric Vehicles (EVs) under the umbrella of Green Cities. This event included representatives from Ministry of Planning and Investment, National Institute of Economic Research, […]

News • December 6, 2018

GGGI held a participatory workshop on Decentralized Waste Collection Services in Vientiane

On December 6, 2018, GGGI in partnership with Vientiane City Office for Management and Services (VCOMS)  conducted a participatory workshop with local stakeholders with an aim to validate operational models and implementation strategy for decentralized waste collection services in Vientiane, Lao DPR. The workshop was attended by thirty community members including village authorities, women’s union […]

News • November 29, 2018

Senegal GGGWeek 2018 – High-level Panel on green buildings and innovations for green cities development. Friday November 29th, 2018

On November 29, as part of the Global Green Growth Week, the GGGI Senegal team organized a High-Level Panel on Green Buildings for Green Cities. That was chaired by the Director of Cabinet of the Ministry of Urban Renewal, Housing and Living Environment. In his speech, he stressed that’s imperative to rethink how to plan, […]

News • November 28, 2018

Senegal GGGWeek 2018: Second biannual Green Cities Technical Committee meeting

November 28, 2018 – The second biannual meeting of the Green Cities Technical Committee was held at the Directorate General of Urban Planning and Architecture As part of the Global Green Growth Week, the bi-annual meeting of the Green City Technical Committee was held. The purpose of this meeting is to take stock of the […]

News • November 27, 2018

GGGI joins the Coalition for Urban Transitions to accelerate the transition to green growth in Mexican Cities

Mexico City, November 27, 2018—The Mexico office of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) joined the World Resources Institute Mexico (WRI Mexico), C40, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Faculty of Architecture of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), and UN Habitat […]

News • November 27, 2018

Senegal GGGWeek 2018: High Level Political Dialogue on Challenges and Opportunities

November 27, 2018 – Political validation of the national Green Growth Strategy and Road Map. The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the Government of Senegal are organizing the National Green Growth Week in Senegal (Global Green Growth Week – GGGWeek) from 26 to 29 November 2018 under the theme: ” Unleashing the potential of […]

News • November 6, 2018

Consultation workshop on assessing green jobs with a green employment projection model (Green- EPM)

November 6, Hanoi – On November 6, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) together with the Viet Nam Institute of Labor Science and Social Affairs (ILSSA) co-organized a consultation workshop on “Accessing green jobs with a green employment projection model” in Hanoi. The workshop was part of GGGI’s Green Growth and Employment Program that is […]

News • October 25, 2018

GGGI leads “Urban Walk” in Nyagatare

October 25, Nyagatare –  The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) partnered with the Government of Rwanda and stakeholders working on sustainable urban development to bring forward discussion on pressing urbanization issues. To share knowledge and updates on the current progress on green cities, the GGGI Rwanda team led an “Urban Walk” in Nyagatare, one of Rwanda’s […]

News • October 24, 2018

Prime Minister of Nepal launches ‘National Action Plan for Electric Mobility’, supported by GGGI

KATHMANDU – October 23, 2018 – The Prime Minister of Nepal, Mr. K.P. Sharma Oli, today officially launched the ‘National Action Plan for Electric Mobility.’ The action plan supports implementation of Nepal’s Nationally Determined Contribution, a key mechanism of the Paris Agreement, especially in terms of clean transport, energy diversity and air quality targets. In […]

News • October 11, 2018

GGGI collaborates with UN agencies and partners to organize 4-Day Regional Knowledge Exchange for African Cities on Public Bike Sharing Systems in Nairobi

October 11, Nairobi – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Rwanda team in collaboration with the UN Environment’s Share the Road Programme, UN-Habitat, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) Africa office and Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) organized a 4-Day Regional Knowledge Exchange on Public Bike Sharing (PBS) Systems for African City Representatives from […]

News • October 4, 2018

Conference on implementation of Viet Nam urban green growth development plan to 2030 and Circular of Urban Green Growth Indicators

Ho Chi Minh City, September 27-28 – The Ministry of Construction (MOC) – the Government of Viet Nam in collaboration with the Global Green Growth Institute co-hosted a “Conference on implementation of the Viet Nam urban green growth development plan to 2030 and Circular on Urban Green Growth Indicators”, under the series of events in Northern, […]

News • October 2, 2018

GGGI Convenes Stakeholders in Musanze & Rubavu on Public Bicycle Sharing (PBS) and Non-Motorised Transport (NMT)

The GGGI Rwanda team organized two stakeholder consultations in two of Rwanda’s rapidly urbanizing secondary cities, Musanze and Rubavu. The consultation sessions were organized to discuss the challenges, limitations and opportunities of developing a public bicycle sharing (PBS) system. Participants at the stakeholders consultations included representatives from local and national government entities, the private sector, […]

News • September 26, 2018

Green Buildings to complement Sustainable Urbanization of Rwanda

According to UN Environment, buildings accounted for 30% of global final energy consumption and 28% of global CO2 emissions in 2015. According to UN-Habitat in Africa, energy used in buildings is an estimated 56% of the total national electricity consumption. Over 70% of this energy is consumed in cities. In some cases, more than 50% […]

News • September 20, 2018

GGGI to Partner with Makerere University Kampala to Promote the Green Growth Agenda in Public Universities of Uganda

September 20, Kampala – GGGI met with representatives from Makerere University in Kampala to discuss possible areas of partnership to mainstream Green Growth Planning and Research in the Academia. The meeting was attended by Peter Okubal, GGGI’s Country Representative for Uganda, Alex Chabanyuk, representing GGGI’s Human Resources Unit, and Dr. Moki Abubakar Muhammad, representative from […]

News • September 7, 2018

GGGI supports mainstreaming Green Growth in Kigali Master Plan Review

On September 07, 2018, the Global Green Growth Institute Rwanda supported the City of Kigali in a process to review and update the Kigali Master Plan by hosting a Focus Group Session on Green City Development. During the session GGGI elaborated on green growth concepts and strategies relevant to introducing Green Growth in the Kigali […]

News • September 6, 2018

Mongolia is Greening its Education Buildings and Facilities

The Government of Mongolia is one step closer to realize its ambition to green its public buildings. Green Development Policy of Mongolia 2030 (2015) and its Implementation Action Plan set out to develop a model green public building design to mainstream green building principles across all public buildings, in line with other climate change goals […]

News • August 31, 2018

“Inclusive Cities Talk” launched in Kigali

August 23, 2018, Kigali, Rwanda – A series of “Inclusive Cities Talk” meetings were launched by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). It was attended by representatives from partner organizations working on inclusivity in Rwanda, such as the Ministry of Infrastructure, UN-Habitat, USAID, the Rwanda Women’s Network, and the Rwanda Ladies in Architecture. Our guest […]

News • August 31, 2018

Citywide surveys on green and public spaces conducted in Huye ,Nyagatare and Rubavu

The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), in partnership with the Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA)and Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA) , conducted citywide surveys in Huye ,Nyagatare and Rubavu over the last two months. Nyagatare and Ruvabu Districts are among the fastest urbanized secondary cities that were identified  for this exercise to assess the needs of its […]

News • August 30, 2018

GGGI Showcases Pacific Green Cities Work at Clean Pacific Roundtable in Fiji

GGGI participated in the Clean Pacific Roundtable organized by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program, held in Suva, Fiji from August 20 – 22, 2018. The roundtable this year focused on marine litter in the Pacific region. The session was opened by the Prime Minister of Fiji, His Excellency Frank Bainimarama. The Prime […]

Reports

Mobilization of Private Investment in Green Growth in Viet Nam- Case Studies based on GGGI’s Activities Viet Nam  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting
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Mobilization of Private Investment in Green Growth in Viet Nam- Case Studies based on GGGI’s Activities

Viet Nam  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting

Hướng dẫn phát triển Đô thị xanh Viet Nam  • Green Cities  • Cross Cutting
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Hướng dẫn phát triển Đô thị xanh

Viet Nam  • Green Cities  • Cross Cutting

Summary of Vietnam Country Planning Framework 2016-2020 Water and Sanitation  • Viet Nam  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting
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Summary of Vietnam Country Planning Framework 2016-2020

Water and Sanitation  • Viet Nam  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting

Solid Waste Management in Lao P.D.R Lao PDR  • Green Cities  • Cross Cutting
Report
Solid Waste Management in Lao P.D.R

Lao PDR  • Green Cities  • Cross Cutting

GGGI Cambodia Brochure Cambodia  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting
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GGGI Cambodia Brochure

Cambodia  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting

Belkotgadhi Municipality, Situation Analysis for Green Municipal Development – English Nepal  • Green Cities
Report
Belkotgadhi Municipality, Situation Analysis for Green Municipal Development – English

Nepal  • Green Cities

Dakshinkali Municipality, Situation Analysis for Green Municipal Development – English Nepal  • Green Cities
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Dakshinkali Municipality, Situation Analysis for Green Municipal Development – English

Nepal  • Green Cities

Mahalaxmi Municipality, Situation Analysis for Green Municipal Development – English Nepal  • Green Cities
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Mahalaxmi Municipality, Situation Analysis for Green Municipal Development – English

Nepal  • Green Cities

Melamchi Municipality, Situation Analysis for Green Municipal Development – English Nepal  • Green Cities
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Melamchi Municipality, Situation Analysis for Green Municipal Development – English

Nepal  • Green Cities

Namobuddha Municipality, Situation Analysis for Green Municipal Development – English Nepal  • Green Cities
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Namobuddha Municipality, Situation Analysis for Green Municipal Development – English

Nepal  • Green Cities

Palungtar Municipality, Situation Analysis for Green Municipal Development – English Nepal  • Green Cities
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Palungtar Municipality, Situation Analysis for Green Municipal Development – English

Nepal  • Green Cities

Thaha Municipality, Situation Analysis for Green Municipal Development – English Nepal  • Green Cities
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Thaha Municipality, Situation Analysis for Green Municipal Development – English

Nepal  • Green Cities

National Action Plan for Electric Mobility – Accelerating Implementation of Nepal’s Nationally Determined Contribution Nepal  • Green Cities
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National Action Plan for Electric Mobility – Accelerating Implementation of Nepal’s Nationally Determined Contribution

Nepal  • Green Cities

Deploying Electric Buses in the Kathmandu Valley: A Pre-Feasibility Study Nepal  • Green Cities
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Deploying Electric Buses in the Kathmandu Valley: A Pre-Feasibility Study

Nepal  • Green Cities

Green City Development Guidelines Green Cities
Report
Green City Development Guidelines

Green Cities

GGGI Việt Nam brochure – tiếng Việt Water and Sanitation  • Viet Nam  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting
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GGGI Việt Nam brochure – tiếng Việt

Water and Sanitation  • Viet Nam  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting

GGGI Viet nam brochure – English Water and Sanitation  • Viet Nam  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting
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GGGI Viet nam brochure – English

Water and Sanitation  • Viet Nam  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting

Green City Development Guidelines Green Cities
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Green City Development Guidelines

Green Cities

Special Economic Zone Sei Mangkei: Moving Towards Green Growth Green Cities  • Indonesia
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Special Economic Zone Sei Mangkei: Moving Towards Green Growth

Green Cities  • Indonesia

Brief: How Can Green Growth Help Indonesia Meet Its Infrastructure Needs to Boost Regional Development? Green Cities  • Indonesia
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Brief: How Can Green Growth Help Indonesia Meet Its Infrastructure Needs to Boost Regional Development?

Green Cities  • Indonesia

GGGI Green Cities Staff

Christina Cheong

Specialist – Green Cities

Muhammad Taswin Munier

Indonesia Environmental Policy Officer

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