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Achieving Green Growth in Developing Countries: the Political Economy of Energy Security

The project explored how the political economy of energy security influences the ambition and implementation of national green growth plans. It considered challenges and opportunities associated with institutional, business and political structures. Local ownership and a political willingness to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency projects is of utmost importance for a long-term impact. From a global climate mitigation perspective, this adds to the need for local policymakers and private investors to embrace low-carbon development. It also increases the potential for meaningful contributions aimed at decarbonising production processes. These circumstances provide ample opportunity for new pathways for low-carbon infrastructure.

The project focused on three countries – Colombia, Indonesia and Kenya – all of which have obtained middle-income status and have a high projected economic growth in the coming years. Combining a political economy analysis (PEA) with quantitative analysis of green energy pathways compared to a ‘business as usual’ scenario, LEAD Pakistan and CDKN helped develop a conceptual framework to identify, frame and communicate the benefits of green growth in each country.

As the regional hub managing CDKN’s Asia program, LEAD Pakistan contributed to the project in Indonesia. Overall, we contributed to the development of two videos (one on project expectations and one for outreach), a conceptual study on how to combine PEA with energy security and green growth considerations with mapping of key stakeholders and relevant policy processes, a one-day workshop in Jakarta and a country case study and policy brief.

At the end of the project, a policy brief and key findings were disseminated to national policymakers, donors, media, and academics/researchers in order to create outreach for the opportunities enshrined in inclusive green growth and help reconcile the need for economic growth with sustainable development goals.

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Start Date:02/02/2016
End Date:07/31/2016
Funded by:CDKN


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