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2017 Results: Cambodia

In 2017, GGGI supported Cambodia’s green urban development by delivering policies and strategies to guide the sustainable development of the country’s rapidly growing secondary cities.

2017 Results: Ethiopia

GGGI supported the Government of Ethiopia mobilize over USD 330 million in private sector finance for Ethiopia’s Mekelle City Water Project, which will increase the supply of clean water in the city and surrounding areas.


Mobilizing Green Investments

The 2017 Annual Report demonstrates the critical role that GGGI is playing to help developing countries and emerging economies transition toward environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive green growth.

Embedded within 27 partner country governments around the world, GGGI provides a range of development services, including green impact assessments, mainstreaming national and sectoral strategies, and designing and structuring the financing of bankable projects for implementation.


The green and climate finance that was mobilized with GGGI’s support increased dramatically in 2017 to USD 524.6 million, up from USD 105 million in 2016.


Message from the President of the Assembly and Chair of the Council

Dear Friends and Members of the Global Green Growth Institute,

It is with great pleasure that I join the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) as the new President of the Assembly and Chair of the Council. With a mission to deliver socially inclusive, environmentally sustainable economic growth around the world, I look forward to contributing to the work and impact GGGI has delivered since its establishment in 2012.

GGGI’s achievements in 2017 were especially impactful as the organization successfully completed the first year of its second Work Program and Budget for the GGGI Strategic Plan 2015-2020.  This was accomplished by strengthening green growth planning, increasing green growth investments, and enhancing green growth knowledge and learning among developing countries.

GGGI also welcomed Lao PDR as its twenty-eighth Member, and strengthened its presence in the Member countries of Senegal and the United Arab Emirates through the signing of Host Country Agreements.


Message from the Director-General


Dear Green Growth Stakeholders,

Two-thousand seventeen marked my first full year as the Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).  Over the course of the year, GGGI’s programs and services continued to expand and strive toward environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive results.

GGGI successfully refreshed its Strategic Plan 2015-2020 with outcomes that directly support the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for the Paris Climate Agreement. Critical to this strategic refresh was the adoption of the new Strategic Outcomes. These anchor GGGI’s work to the NDCs and SDGs of our member and partner countries:

  1. GHG emission reduction
  2. Creation of green jobs
  3. Increased access to sustainable services
  4. Improved air quality
  5. An adequate supply of ecosystem services
  6. Enhanced adaptation to climate change


The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is a treaty-based international, inter-governmental organization established in 2012, at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

Founded to support and promote the mainstreaming of green growth, GGGI programs and projects target economic growth that is environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive. GGGI works across four priority areas considered to be essential to transforming national economies, including energy, water, landscapes and green cities.



GGGI delivers work and supports its Member and partner countries through a guiding framework of five core values.


Headquartered in Seoul, Republic of Korea, GGGI has 28 Members with operations in 27 countries.

Member Countries

Australia, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ethiopia, Fiji, Guyana, Hungary, Indonesia, Jordan, Kiribati, Republic of Korea, Lao PDR, Mexico, Mongolia, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Senegal, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vanuatu, Viet Nam


Cambodia, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Fiji, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Thailand, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu, Viet Nam




Thailand launches Roadmap for Nationally Determined Contribution, developed with GGGI support


Myanmar and GGGI sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to

advance national green growth


Ethiopia, with GGGI support, secures USD 9.98 million from Adaptation Fund

India's Karnataka State commits USD 30 million for 150 electric buses in Bangalore


Senegal Signs Host Country Agreement with GGGI


Indonesia and GGGI sign 5-year strategic Country Planning Framework

GGGI signs MoUs with University of Delaware and KAIST Graduate School of Green Growth


United Arab Emirates Cabinet adopts the National Climate Change Plan

Vanuatu and GGGI sign 5-year strategic Country Planning Framework


GGGI joins United Nations Evaluation Group


Launch of the 2017-2019 GGGI-Government of Colombia Program


Lao PDR becomes the twenty-eighth Member of GGGI

GGGI Celebrates 5th Anniversary as an International Organization

GGGI hosts Global Green Growth Week 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

GCF approves USD 50 million for project in Ethiopia

United Arab Emirates Signs Host Country Agreement with GGGI


Fiji adopts National Development Plan, developed with GGGI support, and launches it at COP23 in Bonn, Germany

Italy and GGGI Sign Contribution Agreement for Cooperation to support Ethiopia’s NDC Implementation

Uganda launches the new Uganda Green Growth Development Strategy, developed in partnership with GGGI


Philippines adopts Palawan Province Wide Ordinance on Climate Resilience and Green Growth





In October 2017, the GGGI Council approved the GGGI Refreshed Strategic Plan 2015-2020. The Strategic Plan sets the strategic framework for the organization to support partner countries transition toward a green growth model and serves as a statement of intent to GGGI stakeholders.

At the halfway mark of GGGI’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, the Institute has reflected on progress against the Plan to date and ‘refreshed’ aspects of the Plan to ensure its continued relevance and enhance GGGI’s strategic position, without changing the major premises on which the strategy was built.

Based on the Mid-term Strategic Review, the Refreshed Strategic Plan includes a set of six new, sharpened Strategic Outcomes (SOs) of direct relevance to the national development goals of Member countries, including Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), and aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


GGGI's Work Program and Budget 2017-2018

In 2017, GGGI continued to deliver on the strategic outcomes and policy priorities set out in its Strategic Plan 2015-2020 and Work Program Budget (WPB) 2017-2018. The WPB 2017-2018 is aligned with GGGI’s goals to achieve systematic and long-term transformational change primarily through its partner countries programs.

National priorities and specific country needs, and circumstances that are reflected in Country Planning Frameworks (CPFs) contextualize GGGI’s engagements as its interventions seek to address the underlying objectives of economic growth, poverty reduction, environment sustainability and social inclusion as the key drivers of a transition to a model of green growth.

The Work Program Budget (WPB) is GGGI’s main programmatic and budget planning document which outlines the organization’s proposed programmatic and non-programmatic activities, as well as the budget associated with this, over 2-year periods.


Strengthened national, sub-national, local green growth planning, financing, and institutional frameworks

GGGI’s support for partner countries in their successful transition to green growth is delivered along its value chain based on the countries national priorities and demand. 

The results and outcomes relating to Intermediate Outcome 1 reflect the left-side of the value chain, which is focused on establishing green growth policies at the national, sub-national and sectoral levels.

 The types of advisory outputs that GGGI provides include diagnostic and technical studies, analytical tools, strategies and road maps that inform the development of government green growth policies.

Intermediate Outcome 1 focuses on supporting partner countries to put in place policies necessary to transition toward green growth.


Increased green investment flows

GGGI has made significant progress in developing and mainstreaming green growth in the plans and policies of its partner countries, which has laid the foundation for their transformational change to green growth.

In 2017, GGGI advanced its work further along the ‘right side’ of its value chain, focusing on scaling up the mobilization of green investment flows to fund the implementation of green growth projects.

GGGI’s 2017 priority was to mobilize green investments from both the public and private sector by improving the enabling environment for investors.


Improved multi-directional knowledge sharing and learning between South-South and South-North-South countries

An important pillar in advancing GGGI’s global green growth agenda and global and national actions is the sharing of knowledge, success stories, best practices, technologies and tools, between countries, the private sector and non-state actors.

To this end, GGGI leverages its extensive partner network, made up of partner countries; international and local green growth stakeholders; the private sector; academia; and civil society, to actively support and participate in national, regional and global platforms and deliver capacity building and knowledge sharing initiatives focused on green growth. 

Results delivered under Intermediate Outcome 3 demonstrate how well GGGI is fulfilling its role to build capacity, partnerships, to harness knowledge to inform policy and investment decisions, and support leaders to better advocate for green growth.


In 2017, GGGI continued to improve its financial stability and business processes. This is in response to the 2015 Joint Donor Review, and to provide corporate support for  improved delivery of programmatic and operational priorities and strengthen transparency and integrity.

Much of this effort has been initiated under the iGROW business reform.


GGGI began implementing its Strategic Plan 2015‑2020 together with a new Results Based Management (RBM) and a Corporate Results Framework (CRF) in 2015. The RBM serves as a strategic management tool that integrates products and services under the GGGI’s Value Chain approach to achieve higher level outcomes and impacts, which align with GGGI’s partner countries NDC and SDG commitments and national development priorities.

GGGI’s RBM system connects the various steps in the project cycle management along GGGI’s Value Chain into causal relationships. It enables feedback loops that facilitate adjustments and  improvements to the results delivery and monitoring process during implementation. 

 The RBM process amplifies quality of project design at entry, implementation and reporting of results generated to transition GGGI’s partner countries toward green growth.


GGGI aims to be a results-focused organization committed to meet its accountability, transparency, learning and continuous improvement needs. This section compiles the results for 49 projects. 



Asia and the Pacific
Latin America
Middle East and North Africa
Global Programs


GGGI received an unqualified 2017 audited financial statement from its external auditors.

This section, featuring the audited financial statement, provides an overview of the components affecting GGGI’s financial position in 2017.


In 2017, GGGI made great strides in its environmental sustainability efforts by implementing a series of initiatives and projects to strengthen and systematize green office operations.

Examples include development of GGGI Green Office Guide and Green Event Guide, launch of awareness-raising campaigns such as Green Office Month, and procurement of eco-friendly office supplies. 

To promote green events, tips and carbon footprint offset options for flights were made available to all participants of Global Green Growth Week (GGGWeek2017), held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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