Pro-poor, inclusive green growth: experience and a new agenda
A new report published by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in partnership with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), and the Green Economy Coalition (GEC) calls on development stakeholders to pursue environmentally sustainable, economic growth that is pro-poor and socially inclusive. Though development agendas emphasize the importance of achieving economic growth that maintains environmental sustainability, policies that effectively address poverty and social exclusion also need to be prioritized and implemented. Growth, even if it is green, cannot be sustainable unless it adequately addresses poverty and social exclusion in an integrated and systemic way. Green growth can only lead to transformative and sustainable change if it is pro-poor and delivers benefits to the most marginalized and vulnerable social groups. The publication of the Pro-Poor, Inclusive Green Growth: Experience and a New Agenda report aims to support decision makers develop and implement policies that simultaneously achieve economic growth, environmental sustainability, poverty reduction and social inclusion. The report demonstrates how green growth can address some of the drivers of poverty and social exclusion, and stresses the importance of strengthening institutional and governance structures in order for green growth strategies to be effective and respond to people’s needs.