Supporting Green Growth in Fragile and Conflict-affected Settings

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February 2019
Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED), Technopolis Group

This scoping paper explores how inclusive and green growth can be supported in fragile and conflict-affected settings (FCAS), and if there are certain approaches and instruments to support green growth, which are more or less adapted for such settings. In this context, the paper aims to:

  • Provide a clear definition of all of the basic terminology (e.g. green growth and fragile environments), and explain the links between them.
  • Identify key outcomes which can be associated with interventions in the fields of green growth and fragile and conflict afflicted states, and the potential for synergy and trade-offs between them.
  • Understand how a sample of major donors (bilateral and multilateral) are addressing the two-fold objective of supporting green growth in fragile and conflict affected settings.
  • Give initial examples of existing cases of real life interventions aimed at supporting green growth in fragile and conflict affected settings, and identify key lessons.

It includes case studies on waste management in Sierra Leone, the “Post Conflict Window” of the African Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF), and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH /German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) & IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative: Regional Landscape Approach in Côte d’Ivoire.


About the DCED Green Growth Working Group

The Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED) Green Growth Working Group (GGWG) was set up in 2011 to mainstream green and inclusive growth strategies in private sector development, while advocating for the importance of private sector development when implementing green and inclusive growth strategies in other areas of development cooperation. 

One of the group’s areas of focus has been the topic of Business Environment Reform and Green Growth. In collaboration with the Business Environment Working Group, the GGWG has investigated how BER can foster the private sector’s contribution to Green Growth, what the trade-offs are and how they have been managed. An initial report was published, and then developed further to incorporate in-depth case studies and derive policy recommendations for practitioners. In collaboration with the GGKP, the GGWG held the webinar, Where Business Environment Reform Meets Green Growth, in March 2018.