Project Reference Profiles – UAE(AE06) Strengthening Green Talent and Workforce

At a Glance

Strategic Outcomes SO2
Start Date Q1  Jan 1 2019
End Date q1 Dec 31 2019
Funding Source Earmarked
Actual Budget (USD) 65,691
Budget Percentage 106%
Actual Expenditure (USD) 69,438
Status Complete
GGGI Share (USD) 0
Poverty and Gender Policy Markers poverty
Name of Client (Lead/Prime implementer if GGGI is part of a consortium) Ministry of Climate Change and Environment
Participating Organization (Funding/donor) UAE Government
Name of consortium members, if any New York University - Abu Dhabi (NYU-A)
Thematic Area
  • Cross Cutting

Project context, objectives and description

Developing local capacity in preparation for the transition to green economy is a critical component of the UAE’s green growth initiative. In the UAE, GGGI has been supporting the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) on capacity development activities in line with the country’s Youth Empowerment Strategy. Activities include organizing regional and local training programs, including public sector training on green procurement (2015), annual green growth knowledge sharing workshops for MENA region (2015-2017), and youth policy dialogue and internships (2015-present). 

The project objectives were to i.) nurture the entrepreneurial skills of the youth by providing a platform for them to showcase their green business start-up ideas to potential investors; and ii.) strengthen the technical capacity of professionals on green growth, climate change, and sustainable development through trainings, workshops, internships, and the like. 

The project aligns with IO3. Improved multi-directional knowledge sharing and learning to empower local and external agents necessary to drive green growth processes in partner governments 

Type of services provided, and results achieved

Impact:  The UAE develops a more diversified, knowledge-based economy. 

Outcome: Improved green growth capacity and strengthened ecosystem for innovative green businesses 

Project Outputs completed in 2019 

 i. Green Growth Policies:N/A

ii. Green Investments:N/A

iii. Capacity Building and Knowledge Products:  

  • A capacity building activity through the “Beyond the Pitch” startup showcase program. Sixteen (16) teams with innovative business ideas were shortlisted in the green entrepreneurship program, of which 12 team finalists completed the program. GGGI supported the completion of boot camp sessions, capacity building workshop, and mentorship activities. 
  • The “Beyond the Pitch” program is a great localization of GGGI’s Global Greenpreneurship initiative. After competitive screening and rigorous training, 3 teams emerged as the winners. One of the teams (“Cycled”) has been granted a trial run for their recycling bins at Abu Dhabi’s National Exhibition Center and they will now incorporate their business. Another team (“BactoWatt”) also became a finalist in GGGI’s Global Greenpreneurship Program. 

Number of staff provided

Project Manager: Chiden Oseo Balmes 

Number of staff provided: HyoYoul KimMohammed Angawi, Hyun Seung Lee, Chetan Shrestha 


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