Case Studies

The GGKP Case Studies Database provides real world examples of the development and implementation of green growth policies and practices. Case studies included in this database are typically focused on specific sectors, themes, or countries.  For deeper research and analysis around green growth topics, please visit the GGKP Resource Library

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July 2018
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Access to Private Finance for Green Investments: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Financing in Ukraine is a case study for the development of sustainable energy lending in Ukraine. It reviews the macro-economic and political context for green investments in Ukraine, before looking in more detail at the role and capacity of the banking sector.
July 2018
SEED, United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Based in Mwea County, one of the largest producers of rice in Kenya, Safi Organics is an eco-inclusive enterprise that aims to reverse declining agricultural yields, improve the income and food security of local farmers, and provide opportunities for local youth.
June 2018
Panorama, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), GRID-Arendal, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
In this booklet, Solutions in Focus: Financing sustainable management of marine and coastal biodiversity, examples of the implementation of financing mechanisms in the marine and coastal realm are featured.
June 2018
German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
The River Basin Management and Fiscal Decentralisation: Mutually Supportive or Counterproductive? paper finds that at the sub-national level, a high number of actors are involved in water governance. Despite a broad division of labour, a high level of overlap exists in terms of data management; monitoring water resources, water uses and law implementation; law enforcement; and to a certain degree the implementation of measures among these actors.
April 2018
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
This report, Strengthening Shardara Multi-Purpose Water Infrastructure in Kazakhstan, looks at the choice and design of MPWI investment strategies that ensure a high economic return on investments and potential bankability, based on application of a computer model and lessons learned from 15 international MPWI case studies.
April 2018
Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
This report, Pioneering Power: Transforming lives through off-grid renewable energy in Africa and Asia, examines the challenge of bringing power to over one billion people who live without electricity, mostly in remote, rural areas in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
April 2018
Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

The experience of the UK’s Climate Change Act provides lessons for climate law-making that apply internationally. A comprehensive framework law is an essential tool for coordinating action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase resilience.

March 2018
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Wood residues form Finland’s main source of bioenergy. About half of the country’s wood production is used for heat and power, either through district heating systems or through combined heat and power (CHP) plants.

February 2018
SEED, United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Since its establishment in 2016, the eco-inclusive enterprise WASHKing aims to eradicate open defecation and poor sanitation in low-income urban communities in Accra, Ghana.
February 2018
SEED, United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Sahelia Solar is an eco-inclusive enterprise located in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, and specialises in the design and supply of a range of solar energy systems.

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October 2018
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
The flow of data on freshwater health is becoming difficult to manage. This report presents eight case studies where new technologies, such as blockchain and AI, are allowing governments and businesses to make informed decisions about their water resources.
October 2018
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
This case study takes a look at how Bhutan is taking steps towards putting the Paris Agreement into practice and embarking on a low-carbon, climate-resilient pathway that is adapted to its unique circumstances, and compares Bhutan's efforts with those of other nearby countries.
September 2018
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), GREEN-WIN
The Role of Sustainability-oriented Social Enterprises in Boosting Green Livelihoods and Business Opportunities in Rural Contexts reviews the cases of capacity building and knowledge improvement of rural livelihood in rural communities related to sustainable and low-carbon solutions. The reviewed sub-cases show that implementation of local integrated systems of solutions addressing energy, water, shelter and other livelihood needs at community level require paying major attention to enabling social processes and organisational capacities rather than only focusing on a given technological innovation.
September 2018
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), GREEN-WIN
This case study Indonesia: su-re.coffee - Synergizing climate change mitigation and adaptation through supporting farmers in utilizing clean bioenergy and climate-smart agriculture shows an approach to addressing the exacerbation of high energy consumption on rural households and farmer reliance on rice paddies.