Many governments face the triple challenge of reducing environmental risks, while fostering economic growth and reducing poverty. Green fiscal reform (GFR) as a policy approach can improve fiscal consolidation, spur innovation, and help identify smarter ways for government taxation and spending. By setting appropriate economic incentives and price signals green fiscal policies can help shift consumption patterns and drive private investments in human, natural, social and clean-produced capital.
To meet the learning needs and build capacities of national stakeholders, the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) delivers the second edition of this e-learning course. The interactive and practice-oriented course seeks to provide interested participants from government, business, civil society and academia with an introduction to various approaches and policy instruments for reforming government spending and revenue generation with the goal of supporting the transition to a green economy.
The moderated course seeks to explain the basic concepts of GFR focusing on case studies and existing reform initiatives from around the world. It makes reference to technical guides and manuals suitable for participants working on/interested in the level of technical implementation of fiscal policies.
After completing the course, participants will be able to:
- Define the concept of green fiscal reform and explain its value for a green transition
- Distinguish relevant policy instruments for correcting market failure and reforming economic incentives
- Discuss governance and policy processes, including associated risks and impacts, in relation to effective reform strategies
- Indicate key sectors with high potential for green fiscal reform
- Apply the green fiscal reform concept to a real-world context
The course is composed of 5 modules, preceeded by 1 optional module. Each course module has specific learning objectives. The total number of learning hours is 40 over an 8 week period. During weeks 1-6 the study of learning journals is complemented by a range of learning activities and experiences such as interactive exercises and discussion fora. Weeks 7-8 are reserved for the development of an action plan and subsequent peer review.
ELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATIONS
The course targets groups and individuals who are interested in obtaining a solid understanding of green fiscal reform and relevant policy instruments to implement it. The target group includes:
- Civil servants in national and sub-national departments and agencies, e.g. ministries of finance, economic development, environment, energy and/or environmental protection agencies, as well as public service providers
- Development partners in international cooperation
- Staff of civil society organizations and private associations
- Sector specialists in energy, forestry, fisheries etc.
- Faculty, researchers and students
COURSE FEE AND FELLOWSHIPS
The participation fee is 600 USD.
A limited number of fellowships are available for eligible candidates. To learn more about eligibility criteria and the application procedure, click this link. The fellowship application deadline is 26 March 2018.