INTERMEDIATE OUTCOME 3
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.
This highlights GGGI’s strategic role as a broker of green growth knowledge and learning between countries and other nonstate actors.
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.
GGGI delivered 160 capacity building activities in 2017.
Of these activities, 37% involved sharing of lessons from other countries.
In 2017, GGGI delivered 160 capacity building activities. The participants benefited from knowledge and skills transfer and skills development which enhanced Member and partner countries capacity to develop and implement green growth policies, investments and project implementation. For projects that collected participation rates by gender, the overall participation rate was 41% female and 59% male. Of the 2017 activities, 37% of capacity building events involved sharing of lessons from other countries.
The capacity development events were based on engagement with international and local partners, including private sector and civil society. Through multistakeholder initiatives, these activities have identified synergies and maximized effectiveness of resources.
Some highlights of the type of events held in 2017 include:
- Rwanda - Investment mobilized: The identification of knowledge gaps and instigation of targeted knowledge sharing and capacity building events is an integral part of GGGI’s work to strengthen green growth policies and ultimately mobilize green growth investments for partner countries. In Rwanda, GGGI introduced the “Training for Trainers Program” which sought to improve skills amongst government officials designing and implementing green secondary cities programs. The launching workshop, attended by 36 officials, provided them the skills to produce concept notes for secondary cities programs and helped them share that knowledge with their implementing partners and teams.
- Following the workshop, 6 green city concept notes were produced by the officials which led to 6 secondary cities adopting green growth policies. The robustness of these projects has attracted private sector interest. As part of one of the Green City Pilot Projects, GGGI helped to mobilize USD 60 million in private investment for a Cactus Park Housing Development.
China South-South cooperation: GGGI partnered with the Government of China to coordinate 10 knowledge sharing events as part of the China Climate Change Seminar Program for the Belt and Road Countries. China sponsored 56 officials from 13 GGGI member countries to attend training focused on Chinese experiences in green growth development. Each training lasted 2-3 weeks, sharing knowledge of best-practices in technology and policies regarding climate change mitigation, renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable cities. Clear feedback among participants indicated that their capacity to implement green growth was increased by knowledge gained through the training and that the lessons learned would be applicable to projects they are responsible for implementing in their home countries. In China, the recommendations acquired through such events were consolidated and delivered to senior government officials. Furthermore, as part of this training, officials were afforded the opportunity to meet with multiple high level decision makers regarding policy and green technology exchanges between countries. The Chinese Government also indicated that alumni of the program are welcome to China at any time and would be provided high-level access to cooperation project stakeholders in the future.
- Country Knowledge Building: In Senegal, GGGI jointly organized a capacity building event with the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development for 20 mayors, members of the Network of Green Cities and Towns of Senegal. The event focused on lessons about Green City Development and was built on experiences drawn from similar projects in Rwanda, Vietnam and Cambodia. The participants benefited from discussions about best practices in green city development and learning from other countries’ experiences.
- Green Growth Knowledge Platform: In 2016, GGGI linked the Green-Win project website to the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP), creating a green growth development focused knowledge sharing resource. In 2017, GGGI continued to maintain the website, publishing 15 blogs and disseminating publications to help share knowledge, accelerate learning and build capacity on the knowledge resources generated through Green-Win using the GGKP.
GGGI values its role as a broker in forging important and high value partnerships with non-state actors outside its formal relationships with key government counterparts who are the key beneficiaries of its projects. These non-state partners include green growth and environmental organizations, the private sector, non-government organizations, multilateral development banks, multilateral agencies, bilateral agencies and cross governmental partnerships.
While the data was not fully reported on the proportion of people participating in GGGI’s capacity development activities, across the 12 countries that reported it, an average of 97% of the participants felt they had gained increased knowledge and skills as a result of attending a GGGI event.
In 2017, GGGI projects were active in brokering partnerships to meet country needs. Partnerships were forged to facilitate 26 projects across 17 countries, against a target of 5. This was up from 2016 when 23 projects reported developing partnerships across 14 countries.
GGGI’s outputs that incorporated lessons from other countries informed 3 out of the 5 (60%) policies that were completed and adopted by partner governments in 2017 with GGGI’s support.
In 2017, 27 projects implemented by GGGI had reported helping leaders in more than 19 countries to better advocate for green growth by providing examples of success.
Policy and investment outcomes achieved by country programs have been informed by the efforts to share knowledge between countries. While no target was set for this indicator, the result is an important indicator to ensure that internationally recognized best practices and lessons from partner countries inform policy development and investment mobilization.
- Rwanda: In assisting to prepare and adopt District Development Plans for Secondary Cities, GGGI built on knowledge, best-practices, and lessons learned from partner countries by organizing workshops, country visits and media communications. The GGGI Rwanda team shared its experience in designing national finance vehicles with the GGGI Mozambique team, while GGGI staff from Cambodia visited Rwanda to learn how secondary cities were being designed and implemented in Rwanda and share their own experiences.
In addition, a high-level conference, the Rwanda Green Growth Week, provided an opportunity to share lessons between the Rwandan government and non-government actors, GGGI teams from Senegal, Uganda and Ethiopia, the African Partnership on Low Emission Development Strategies, and members of Rwanda’s green secondary cities program. These knowledge sharing events offered an opportunity to replicate and build on successes from other programs to cost-effectively maximize project impact.
Under the Strategic Plan 2015-2020, GGGI’s goal is to mainstream green growth in its Member and partner countries planning and investments. To achieve this, a key role of GGGI is to build political support and increase advocacy for green growth amongst influential leaders, using its projects as examples of supporting evidence. The 2017 results indicate that good progress has been made toward fulfilling this role.