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 • August 7, 2019

Kickoff meeting and discussions on waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) management in Senegal

As part of the implementation process of the Green Secondary Cities Wastewater, Plastic Waste and WEEE Management: Innovative Business Model for Recycling and Valorization Project, the Global Institute for Green Growth (GGGI), in collaboration with the Ministry of Digital Economy and Telecommunications, convened on July 30, 2019, for a discussion and experience sharing workshop on […]

News • July 29, 2019

GGGI Senegal brought urban stakeholders to set up the National Platform on Sustainable Cities.

In its mandate to support the Government of Senegal within the framework of the Five-year Cooperation Program, GGGI Senegal is implementing the Green Secondary Cities Development Program to support the promotion of a new model of sustainable, resilient, inclusive, and prosperous cities. To synergize similar initiatives and promote integrated approaches to sustainable urban development, GGGI […]

News • July 22, 2019

Ministry of Infrastructure and GGGI invite key stakeholders to discuss Public Space agenda in Rwanda

The Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA) in collaboration with GGGI hosted Thematic Sector Working Group Meeting on Public Spaces. Sector Working Groups are set as a mechanism in Rwanda to prepare yearly forward looking Joint Sector Review that monitors activities within the sector. As an introduction to the urbanization sector in Rwanda , the first Thematic […]

News • July 19, 2019

Nariño’s steps forward towards the Nature Tourism Strategic Plan

Nature tourism holds great potential to promote both rainforest conservation and social inclusion, and as such, it is an important industry in relation to GGGI’s mission. GGGI is working with the Administrative Directorate of Tourism and the Environment and Sustainable Development Secretariat of the Government of Nariño to support the nature tourism industry as part […]

News • July 19, 2019

National Launching Workshop of the Development of Green City Guidelines for Burkina Faso

On July 11, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, the Ministry of Habitat and Urban Planning and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) organized a workshop to launch the development of guidelines for green cities in Burkina Faso. This process closely involved a variety of representatives from affected Ministries, the cities Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso, as well as […]

News • July 18, 2019

Awareness Workshop on the newly approved Rwanda Green Building Minimum Compliance System for Architects

Kigali, Rwanda – On 11th July 2019, GGGI initiated awareness dialogue for the construction industry stakeholders on the newly approved Rwanda Green Building Minimum Compliance System at the Rwanda Institute of Architects (RIA) Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Workshop. The workshop was organized by RIA in partnership with the City of Kigali (COK), Rwanda Housing Authority […]

News • July 8, 2019

Green Climate Fund (GCF) Readiness and preparatory support to implement Green City Development Projects in Rwanda’s Secondary Cities

11th July, at the Kigali Convention Center,  the GCF readiness project closure workshop was held to communicate the knowledge acquired, and share lessons learnt from implementing the GCF readiness project and highlight the way forward ,with a dialogue to receive input from the participants. The workshop organized in collaboration with  Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), […]

News • June 28, 2019

Cambodia Launches Sustainable City Plan for Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh, Cambodia June 27th, 2019 –The Phnom Penh Capital Administration, in close collaboration with the National Council for Sustainable Development (NCSD) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), launched the Phnom Penh Sustainable City Plan 2018-2030 at a major event attended by more than 150 policymakers, government officials, embassies, development partners, non-governmental organizations and […]

News • June 14, 2019

Burkina Faso Minister of Environment ,Green Economy and Climate Change conduct GCF study tour in Kigali, Rwanda

Burkina Faso is aware of the importance of green growth development which is fundamental to supporting the transition and increasing opportunities.  The Government has highlighted several obstacles related to (i) limited technical capacity of actors at all levels; (ii) the lack of sustainable and appropriate financial mechanisms to support the transition to green growth; and […]

News • June 5, 2019

Beating Air pollution before it beats us

Air pollution is a chronic disease and a silent killer.  We need to anticipate it and proactively address it head on before it overtakes us. In April 2019  it was time for me to relocate to Kigali from Seoul, I was happy to move away from Seoul’s deteriorating air quality. While living in Korea, a […]

News • May 31, 2019

Three Ways the Global Green Growth Institute is supporting the Government of Rwanda to Reduce Air Pollution

Ambient air pollution has risen sharply in recent years, especially in urban centers. Increasing rates of congestion combined with rising levels of personal vehicle ownership and limited public transport infrastructure have resulted in cities in sub-Saharan Africa exhibiting some of the highest levels of PM2.5 particulate matter in the world. Recent research has found that […]

News • May 27, 2019

Forum of the Future for the Formulation of Green Secondary Cities Development Strategy in Fatick, Senegal

On Tuesday, May 21, at the City Hotel of Fatick, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and Fatick City Hall, in collaboration with key stakeholders, co-organized the Forum on the Future of Fatick. The forum was presided by Mr. Makhtar BA, the Sports Minister and City Mayor, and GGGI, represented by Mr. Mamadou KONATE (Acting […]

News • May 27, 2019

Green secondary cities plastic waste, wastewater, waste electrical and electronic equipment management through innovative business models for recycling and valorization in Senegal

On Thursday, May 23, the launching ceremony for the “Green Secondary Cities Plastic Waste, Wastewater, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Management through innovative business models for recycling and valorization in Senegal” project took place at the Radisson Blu hotel. The event was presided by the Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development (MEDD), co-presided by the […]

News • May 16, 2019

Technical workshop on plastic waste value chain held in Dakar

As part of the implementation process of the Green Secondary Cities Wastewater, Plastic Waste and WEEE Management: “Innovative Business Model for Recycling and Valorization,” funded by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, GGGI has planned to put in place a group of experts for each sector to assist in the implementation of the activities. For this […]

News • May 10, 2019

Rwanda Cabinet approves Green Building Minimum Compliance System

The Government of Rwanda in the cabinet meeting held on 3rd April 2019 approved the Ministerial Order determining Urban planning and Building regulations. The Rwanda Green Building Minimum Compliance System which is an Annex to the Ministerial Order along with the revised Rwanda Building Code. The Ministerial Order and the supporting green building annex were officially […]

News • April 30, 2019

Electric trikes in San Vicente Bring “Ecotown” to Life

April 30, Palawan, Philippines – Electric tricycles (E-trikes) have already started to roam the streets of San Vicente thanks to a grant deal facilitated by GGGI and financed by the Asian Development Bank through the Department of Energy, which provided 50 units of e-trikes amounting to nearly half a million US dollars. This is one […]

News • April 29, 2019

UNIDO and GGGI Collaborate to Improve Waste Recycling in Cambodia

Phnom Penh, April 29, 2019 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) signed a technical cooperation agreement to jointly improve waste recycling in Battambang. Under the agreement, the two organizations will join forces to reduce the open burning activities and develop waste recycling in Battambang. The partners […]

News • April 12, 2019

Rwanda GCF NDA and GGGI monitor the Secondary Cities Master Plan Revision process

On 5th April GGGI Rwanda together with the National Designated Authority (NDA) and the National Coordination Team (NCT) undertook a mission to Nyagatare, one of the secondary cities where the GCF is supporting the incorporation of low emission and resilience strategies in the Master Plan revision though the Readiness and Preparatory support project. The City […]

News • April 9, 2019

GGGI Supports the Development of Rwanda’s Green Procurement Guidelines

According to the United Nations -Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) address the root causes of poverty and pledge to leave no one behind, including vulnerable groups. They also emphasize the need to tackle climate change urgently and protect the environment through a shift to sustainable consumption and production. The SDGs are intended to be universal, applying […]

News • April 8, 2019

Citizens participate in the Design Process for Green & Public Space in Nyagatare

Cities are considered to a critical 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. In 2018 , the  Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA), the Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA), and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) undertook citywide public […]

Reports

Solid Waste Management in Secondary Cities of Rwanda – Muhanga & Huye Rwanda  • Green Cities
Report
Solid Waste Management in Secondary Cities of Rwanda – Muhanga & Huye

Rwanda  • Green Cities

Rwanda Green Building Minimum Compliance System Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting
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Rwanda Green Building Minimum Compliance System

Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting

Phnom Penh Sustainable City Plan 2018-2030 (Khmer version) Cambodia  • Green Cities  • Cross Cutting
Report
Phnom Penh Sustainable City Plan 2018-2030 (Khmer version)

Cambodia  • Green Cities  • Cross Cutting

Phnom Penh Sustainable City Plan 2018-2030 Cambodia  • Green Cities  • Cross Cutting
Report
Phnom Penh Sustainable City Plan 2018-2030

Cambodia  • Green Cities  • Cross Cutting

Green Cities Brochure Green Cities
Report
Green Cities Brochure

Green Cities

Meeting Global Housing Needs with Low Carbon Materials Green Cities
Report
Meeting Global Housing Needs with Low Carbon Materials

Green Cities

Comparative Analysis of Bus Public Transport Concession Models – Summary (English) Colombia  • Brazil  • Green Cities  • Sweden  • Mexico
Report
Comparative Analysis of Bus Public Transport Concession Models – Summary (English)

Colombia  • Brazil  • Green Cities  • Sweden  • Mexico  • United Kingdom

Comparative Analysis of Public Transport Concession Models- Full Report (English) Colombia  • Brazil  • Green Cities  • Sweden  • Mexico
Report
Comparative Analysis of Public Transport Concession Models- Full Report (English)

Colombia  • Brazil  • Green Cities  • Sweden  • Mexico  • United Kingdom

Análisis comparativo de modelos de concesiones de transporte público – Síntesis (Español) Colombia  • Brazil  • Green Cities  • Sweden  • Mexico
Report
Análisis comparativo de modelos de concesiones de transporte público – Síntesis (Español)

Colombia  • Brazil  • Green Cities  • Sweden  • Mexico  • United Kingdom

Análisis comparativo de modelos de concesiones de transporte público – Reporte completo (Español) Colombia  • Brazil  • Green Cities  • Sweden  • Mexico
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Análisis comparativo de modelos de concesiones de transporte público – Reporte completo (Español)

Colombia  • Brazil  • Green Cities  • Sweden  • Mexico  • United Kingdom

Green Certification of the Bugesera Airport – Fact Sheet Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy
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Green Certification of the Bugesera Airport – Fact Sheet

Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting

GGGI Rwanda Green Building Minimum Compliance System Fact Sheet Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy
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GGGI Rwanda Green Building Minimum Compliance System Fact Sheet

Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting

GGGI Rwanda Green Cities Project Fact Sheet Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy
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GGGI Rwanda Green Cities Project Fact Sheet

Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting

Rwanda Public Bicycle Sharing – Project Fact Sheet Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy
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Rwanda Public Bicycle Sharing – Project Fact Sheet

Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting

Kampala Municipal Solid Waste Value Chain Mapping Green Cities  • Uganda
Report
Kampala Municipal Solid Waste Value Chain Mapping

Green Cities  • Uganda

Value Chain Analysis Report and Investment Options on MSWM in Kampala Green Cities  • Uganda
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Value Chain Analysis Report and Investment Options on MSWM in Kampala

Green Cities  • Uganda

3rd National Urban Forum Rwanda- Background Paper Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy
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3rd National Urban Forum Rwanda- Background Paper

Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting

Thực hiện mục tiêu NDC của Việt Nam trong lĩnh vực đô thị Viet Nam  • Green Cities
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Thực hiện mục tiêu NDC của Việt Nam trong lĩnh vực đô thị

Viet Nam  • Green Cities

Achieving Viet Nam’s NDC in the Urban Sector Viet Nam  • Green Cities
Report
Achieving Viet Nam’s NDC in the Urban Sector

Viet Nam  • Green Cities

Green Cities Development: A Training Manual Green Cities
Report
Green Cities Development: A Training Manual

Green Cities

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Specialist – Green Cities

Shomi Kim

Analyst- Policy Solutions

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Officer -Policy Solution (Green Cities)

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