Green growth presents a new approach to economic growth - putting well-being at the centre of development while ensuring that natural assets continue to provide the resources and environmental services to support sustainable development. The OECD works with a network of development co-operation agencies, countries and other development partners to share experience, facilitate lesson-learning and to promote good practice in integration of green growth objectives into development planning and policy. The core aim is to ensure that development co-operation activities successfully support country-led development policies and planning to deliver economic growth that is both green and inclusive. See our work streams below for more details.
Southeast Asia’s booming economy offers tremendous growth potential, but also large and interlinked economic, social and environmental challenges. The region’s current growth model is based in large part on natural resource exploitation, exacerbating these challenges. This report provides evidence that, with the right policies and institutions, Southeast Asia can pursue green growth and thus sustain the natural capital and environmental services, including a stable climate, on which prosperity depends.
This policy guidance outlines a number of steps to be considered when building capacity for greening national development planning, national budgetary processes and key economic sector strategies. It identifies the key actors to be engaged in the decision making processes, outlines possible capacity needs and suggests how these can be addressed. This policy guidance is intended to support developing countries in their efforts to move to a greener development path. It is also intended to assist development co-operation and environment agencies in their efforts to support that process.
This working paper illustrates the foundations of green growth in Zambia and provides an overview of bilateral green development co-operation efforts in the country from 2004 to 2012.
This is Element 4, Paper 1 of the OECD Reflection papers on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. For more information, see here.
This paper explores the policy coherence for development dimensions of green growth strategies pursued by OECD member states.
This report presents a case study on Cambodia that is designed to answer the following questions: Can developing countries strike a balance between economic growth, societal well-being and environmental protection? Can inclusive, green growth be a way forward?
This report showcases the holistic approach to growth that the Ethiopian Government has recently developed, which aims to tackle the issues inherent in growth paths that produce environmental problems, and to realise potentials from investing in Ethiopia’s natural assets.
Key OECD documents on Green Growth
This website draws together key OECD documents on green growth from across the whole organisation. This includes the Green Growth Studies series, the Green Growth Papers series, and the OECD Green Growth Strategy Package.
The 17th DAC Network on Environment and Development Co-operation (ENVIRONET) Meeting, OECD, Paris, France
This meeting brought together representatives and experts from the Environment and Development Co-operation Committees to discuss on [i]Engaging the Private Sector in Action on Climate Change, Green Growth and Development [ii] Building Resilient, Sustainable Cities
The objective of this Workshop was to share experience, identify lessons and promote good practice among development partners on how to advance country-led inclusive green growth through in-country development planning and policy processes.
This Workshop expanded the G20 Development Working Group's (DWG) dialogue with representatives from developing countries on the lessons learned from their own experiences in designing and implementing inclusive green growth strategies.
National Scoping Workshop on Inclusive Green Growth in Zambia, Chisamba, Zambia, 4-5 July 2013
This event was organised by the government of Zambia, with support from the OECD, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) to improve the knowledge base to help the government engage with local stakeholders to plan a transition towards an inclusive green economy. The Workshop report is available here.
The Government of Zambia hosted two back-to-back workshops in January 2013 under the theme “Green Growth in Africa: Concepts, Tools and Strategies for Building Greener Economies and a Sustainable Future” in partnership with the African Development Bank, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, and the OECD. The workshops presented conceptual issues and policy tool kits on implementing green growth policy measures and strategic environmental assessments.
OECD work on green growth - topic site
OECD contribution to the G20 Development Working Group: A Toolkit of Policy Options to Support Inclusive Green Growth (Revised version, July 2013)
Green Growth is the Heart of Development, guest article by DAC Chair Erik Solheim, June 2013
World Environment Day - OECD Insights blog post by Serge Tomasi, Deputy Director of the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate, June 2013
To facilitate green growth and sustainable development in partner countries, development co-operation agencies aim to support partner countries to integrate local and global environmental concerns into their development policies. The OECD is examining how development co-operation partners are advancing biodiversity and development objectives in practice, the challenges and opportunities and the lessons learnt to date.
This paper examines:
This paper outlines how development co-operation can:
The papers showcase examples of challenges and good practice, and provide a basis for future joint work on biodiversity and development between the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate and the OECD Environment Directorate.
This workshop brought together over 85 representatives from the biodiversity and development co-operation communities to share experiences and insights on the key opportunities and challenges to mainstreaming biodiversity into development policies and planning and into development co-operation.
Flyers with present and past OECD DAC statistics and analysis and a data visualisation portal on biodiversity-related development finance is available on the biodiverisity Rio marker website, with more general information on the Rio markers homepage.
The Environment Directorate of the OECD has also done extensive work on Economics and Policies for Biodiversity.
Strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and enhancing capacity for environmental management and governance are important tools for green growth, both for developing countries pursuing green models of development, and for development co-operation agencies that are supporting green growth and integrating the environment into their development co-operation activities.
|Strategic environmental assessment (SEA) consists of a range of analytical and participatory approaches that aim to integrate environmental considerations into policies, plans and programmes and evaluate the inter-linkages with economic and social considerations. Our involvement in the Strategic Environmental Assessment Network has enabled us to produce guidance notes to promote a more harmonised, effective approach to SEA, working alongside key donor and development agencies.|
|Enhancing Capacity for Environmental Management and Governance is relevant both to environment and development co-operation officials in providing development assistance, and to officials in developing countries themselves. This OECD policy guidance outlines steps to be considered when building capacity for greening national development planning, national budgetary processes and key economic sector strategies. It identifies the key actors to be engaged in the decision making processes, possible institutional capacity needs and suggests how these can be addressed.|