Green Growth Performance Measurement

At a Glance

Start Date Q1 2017
Funding Source Core
Approved Budget USD 1 695 000
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Cross Cutting

Project Rationale

Performance measurements of green growth efforts have not been fully adapted to gauge the success of the various green growth actions practiced by many countries. In fact, there is currently no standardized approach to measure green growth performance at the country level.

This project proposes to develop a tool that can effectively capture national-level trends in green growth and provide analysis of underlying actions that support strong performance. The objectives of this tool are as follows:

  • Provide an interactive learning tool. The tool should be accessible, interactive, and help enhance the capacity of its users with respect to green growth.
  • Encourage productive competition. The tool, and possibly rankings, should encourage productive competition among the listed countries. The tool will eventually include sectoral or country focused reports which will contain detailed case-studies of top performers. These reports will further enable other countries to pursue similar attempts or scale up existing ones.
  • Demonstrate thought leadership. The tool will demonstrate GGGI’s thought leadership in the area of green growth. It will showcase the institute’s capacity to design and execute a major analytic undertaking while making a valuable addition to the global stock of green growth knowledge. The tool could also be promoted as one of GGGI’s flagship outputs.
  • Foster a data- and evidence-driven approach to green growth. The tool will provide policymakers with an objective standard on which to base their decisions. The tool and its underlying dataset (if any) will contribute significantly to the quantitative dimension of the concept of green growth, fostering a scientific, rigorous, and data-driven approach to policy/project implementation.

Building on 2015-16 Work

In 2016, the GGPM is being developed and a full version, with assessment results for developing countries where GGGI is active, will be available by the end of 2016. The full version will also incorporate the results from pilot assessments in two countries with GGGI operations. GGGI’s work in 2017-18 is focused on developing a sector/country focused report based on the measurements. In 2017, a dedicated website providing intuitive and interactive infographics based on the results of annual publications of GGPM will be also developed.

GGPM builds on, and contributes to other GGGI’s previous initiatives by:

  • Green Growth Performance Assessment (GGPA) is an analytical tool assessing countries’ green growth potential and its key enablers. The results of sector and sub-sectoral work of GGPA results will be utilized in GGPM as they share the data sources and cross-utilize the insights provided by each initiative. GGPA assesses the performance of given sectors of a country against its peer countries while GGPM focuses on identifying success criteria and provides more comprehensive cross-country comparisons. Another advantage of GGPM is that it could provide an insight on the progress of green growth as the annual publication of GGPM will capture changes in green growth performance over time.
  • GGGI’s South-South Cooperation (SSC) work in 2015-2016 focused on sharing best practice cases from our partner countries. The insights and lessons GGGI has learned from the analysis of these best practices will be utilized to assess the success factors required for green growth. It is expected that GGPM would further enhance SSC through cross-country comparisons of success factors.
  • GGPM utilizes GGKP’s expert knowledge on green growth theory and practice, as well as its global network of international organizations and experts to identify which dimensions of green growth deserve closer attention and need to be incorporated in GGPM’s in-depth analysis. Furthermore, the analytical work to be included in the Sectoral/Country Case reports will be further disseminated through the GGKP to a broader audience.
  • GGPM contributes to GGGI’s development of Country Planning Framework (CPF) by providing data and evidence-based insights that could be incorporated in CPFs. Similarly, GGPM could utilize the analyses already conducted by CPFs.

Delivery Strategy


  • Develop and publish 2 global reports on the Green Growth Performance Measurement for 2017 and 2018
  • Develop and publish 2 sectoral or country-specific analytical reports based on the global Green Growth Index reports for 2017 and 2018
  • Develop a Green Growth Performance Measurement website


  • At least 1 country utilizes the Green Growth Performance Measurement to inform development or implementation of their green growth policies

Planned Results

Two global reports on the Green Growth Performance Measurement for 2017 and 2018 developed and published. GGPM aims to capture quantitative measurements of progress on green growth performance at the country level, with supplemental publications on analytic case studies of most successful practices.

GGPM will enhance evidence-driven approaches to the understanding and measurement of green growth performance at the country level among policymakers and other stakeholders by providing scientific, rigorous, and reliable data. By capturing and structuring green growth into an interpretable and comparable measure, the resulting product is expected to draw strong public attention and help governments prioritize their policy options to be better aligned to green growth.

Two sectoral or country-specific analytical reports based on the global Green Growth Index reports developed and published for 2017 and 2018. GGPM is expected to support GGGI Member countries’ capacity to evaluate their green growth performance and monitor their progress on the commitments both at the national and international level. Concurrently, it would enhance GGGI’s ability to identify and capitalize on successes, as well as share most relevant knowledge on practices through more tailored support to those in need.

Additionally, GGPM is intended to bring a greater visibility to GGGI’s flagship knowledge products and successful practices. As a GGGI flagship publication, GGPM will showcase the institute’s capacity to design and execute a major analytic undertaking while making a valuable addition to the global green growth knowledge.

GGPM will provide complementarity to similar green performance measurement tools, providing synergy rather than duplication. For example, UNEP is currently developing the Green Economy Progress (GEP) Index, which is focused on tracking the progressive performance of the green economy with the objective of monitoring each countries performance against the SDGs. In comparison, GGPM will enhance GGGI’s ability to measure and compare green growth performances in GGGI program countries, with a particular focus on meeting green growth goals.

Green Growth Performance Measurement website developed. GGPM will be publicly available through GGGI’s GGPM website starting from 2018.


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