Achieving outcome 3

To achieve targets under outcome 3, PAGE has been supporting partner countries by way of designing and implementing nationally tailored training packages and programmes on specific priority areas with the overall objective of capacity building and awareness creation on IGE.

To summarize the progress of the achievements of outcome 3 so far by end of 2018:

  • 51 national institutions have strengthened their capacity to deliver IGE policy analysis or training or to lead policy and stakeholder consultation processes.
  • 3,179 people (632 additional people in 2018) have been trained through national and sub-national level training programmes and in globally or regionally offered on-line training programmes and on- campus training programmes.
  • An average of 93% of course and training participants have reported to have increased their capacity in IGE related issues in national, global and regional training programmes.
  • 12 training packages (1 additional package in 2018) of IGE training programmes and specific training modules have been offered to countries (at global and national level).

In-country activities in the following countries support the achieving of PAGE outcome 3:

Mongolia

Outcome 3: Strengthening capacity

In Mongolia, PAGE has taken an institutional approach to capacity development, working with universities, government institutions, public policy institutes and private companies.

PAGE trained over 480 professionals at the national and sub-national level to build understanding of green development concepts and approaches.

Targeted training events on trade, sustainable public procurement, green economy modelling and other thematic areas are key elements in PAGE's work.

To institutionalize green economy education and training, PAGE has worked Mongolian universities to integrate sustainability and green economy concepts and approaches in tertiary curricula.

Peru

Outcome 3: Strengthening capacity

To build technical and institutional capacities and a broad support base for inclusive green economy, PAGE has engaged with public officials, opinion leaders, journalists and the broader media through tailored green economy trainings and outreach, multimedia communications, forums and debates.

To build institutional capacity in assessment and policy design, PAGE has supported trainings, expert consultations and on-the-job learning for the formulation and use of short-, medium- and long-term economic models aligned with green growth.

Key beneficiaries of this work include:

  • the Ministry of Production
  • the Ministry of Economy and Finance
  • the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics
  • the University of the Pacific
  • the National Strategic Planning Centre—the government’s focal point for the SDGs

PAGE is also working to design two courses on green growth and development and green economy modelling, which the University of the Pacific will offer as a regular course within its curriculum from 2019.

Senegal

Outcome 3: Strengthening capacity

PAGE has supported capacity development on green economy by inviting institutional representatives from Senegal to the Global Academies on Green Economy in 2014 and 2016.

The Academies inspired national actors to later organize a National Academy on Green Economy in 2016. The National Academy resulted in the establishment of a National Platform on Green Economy, which brings together institutional partners from the government, social partners, academia, and civil society organizations. The National Platform has since formulated its own work programme on green economy, looking beyond PAGE, and is poised to be the institutional vehicle to ensure sustainability when PAGE phases out of Senegal.

PAGE has also supported institutional capacity development of waste management and recycling cooperatives. A training of trainers on green entrepreneurship for Burkina Faso and Senegal was also held in 2017.

Ghana

Outcome 3: Strengthening capacity

PAGE has provided capacity building support in foundational green economy learning as well as targeted trainings on incorporating the SDGs into development planning and on green finance at the national and sub-national level.

In order to complement PAGE’s work to support green finance opportunities for MSMEs, tailor-made trainings for selected businesses in the steel and oil palm sectors in Ghana have enhanced recourse capacity for MSMEs in these sectors.

To raise awareness around IGE at the national level, PAGE has held media trainings to inform journalists on topics of climate change and green economy. The training also focused on mainstreaming green economy, climate change and the SDGs at the sub-national level, enabling media stakeholders to hold public officials accountable and helping foster a productive and healthy media environment.

Mauritius

Outcome 3: Strengthening capacity

To guide capacity and skills development of civil servants and the broader work force in Mauritius’ transition to a green economy, PAGE supported a Green Economy Learning Needs Assessment, conducted by the Civil Service College Mauritius. By highlighting the learning needs of civil servants as well as entrepreneurs and workers in strategic economic sectors (agriculture, tourism, manufacturing and climate change adaptation), it provides a basis for national training and education institutions to design courses that meet the needs of both public and private sectors.

With PAGE’s support, representatives from national learning institutions have now been trained by the Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reform to deliver introductory IGE learning in person and through an e-learning platform.

With support from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, PAGE is working with the Stock Exchange of Mauritius to build capacity for a Mauritius Green Bonds Market, inspired by the Sustainable Stock Exchange Initiative, a UN partnership promoting responsible investment. This project has received technical assistance from the UN Environment Finance Initiative and will promote the development of greener and more inclusive financial sector in Mauritius.

Looking ahead, building on findings from the updated Green Jobs Assessment and the ILO’s study on Skills for Green Jobs, PAGE will support national capacity building to conduct a skills gap assessment in key green economy sectors.  This work will assist national policymakers to anticipate and plan future needs for skills development for a green economy.

Burkina Faso

Outcome 3: Strengthening capacity

Building capacity and consensus around green economy is a national priority for Burkina Faso and is essential to continue the country’s green economic transition beyond PAGE.

To support this, PAGE convened a Green Economy Academy that mobilized more than 200 public and private sector actors. This event provided a unique platform to promote a shared vision on green economy, empowering the MEEVCC to take a leading role in the process. The event also catalyzed collaboration between PAGE agencies and funding partners.

To identify key entry points for capacity building support, PAGE, together with the University of Ouagadougou, completed a Green Economy Learning Capacities and Needs Assessment, validated by representatives of ministries, universities, research centres and UN agencies in June 2018. A National Action Plan for Green Economy Learning was developed on the basis of this assessment and the National Green Economy Strategy and will be submitted by the MEEVCC to a donor roundtable in 2019.

To advance private sector capacity, PAGE held a training-of-trainers course on green entrepreneurship. A pool of trainers is now available to support young entrepreneurs in developing green businesses, particularly in the field of sustainable agriculture.

China, Jiangsu Provinice

Outcome 3: Strengthening capacity

In 2018, PAGE has contributing to strengthening the institutional capacity of Nanjing University, a key research university at the provincial level and the first institute to adapt the PAGE global GEP tool to a sub-national context. Through collaboration with PAGE, the University has increased its capacity for IGE policy analysis and advisory support.

The University has also committed to:

  • hosting a dedicated database on Jiangsu’s green economy progress;
  • conducting regular assessments in the coming years; and
  • leading the establishment of a GEP learning network among interested university partners in other provinces in China.

To share their experience of applying the GEP methodology, PAGE has facilitated an ongoing exchange between Jiangsu Province (Nanjing University) and South Africa, another PAGE country who has expressed interest in applying the GEP tool in its national policy analysis process.

Also in 2018, PAGE hosted an exchange workshop and training entitled "China’s Green Transformation of Industrial Parks: Policies, Innovative Green Governance and Case Studies”, which drew a total of 63 participants.

South Africa

Outcome 3: Strengthening capacity

PAGE has spearheaded several capacity building events in 2018 in South Africa. These include:

  • A Green Economy Training Workshop where PAGE introduced key knowledge products and the Green Economy Progress Measurement Framework (GEP) to participants from the Department of Environmental Affairs, the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and Statistics South Africa.
  • The National Academy on Green Economy, which brought together participants from all nine provinces to share the latest thinking on South Africa’s green economy transition and contribute to enhancing institutional capacities for transformative change at sub-national level.
  • A three-day training of trainers on the design, delivery and evaluation of e-learning, which is contributing towards the development of a green economy e-learning course to be launched in 2019. The course, which is being developed in collaboration with the Centre for Environmental Management at North-West University (CEM-NWU) is aimed at stakeholders at all levels of civil administration. A pilot run of the course, completed in 2018, has already engaged 30 participants from government, civil society and the South African academic sector.

 

Brazil, Mato Grosso State

Outcome 3: Strengthening capacity

Over 2018, the Federal University of Mato Grosso, under the guidance of PAGE, has been developing a training on inclusive green economy.

Also in 2018, PAGE partnered with the Austrian Energy Agency to carry out a training on waste-to-energy technologies and micro-grid technologies and design, which was attended by energy experts from the Federal University of Mato Grosso.

Kyrgyz Republic

Barbados

Outcome 3: Strengthen capacity

Institutional and individual capacity building is an essential element of PAGE support and will be incorporated across different workstreams.

The Re-Engagement Mission in November 2018 provided an opportunity to raise awareness in the new administration about PAGE Barbados, including with the lead technical green and blue economy focal points in the government and the wider development community.

This will be followed by a number of targeted capacity building activities to provide:

  • foundational training on IGE for policymakers, customized to address Barbados' green and blue economy priorities;
  •  collaboration with the University of West Indies (UWI) to integrate existing PAGE e-courses into the university programme, contextualized to local and regional conditions; and
  • a feasibility study, in partnership with UWI, for the establishment of a SIDS-SIDS green economy regional knowledge transfer hub.

PAGE will also prioritize enhancing citizen engagement in Barbados’ green and blue economy transition.

Uruguay

Outcome 3: Strengthening capacity

In April 2018, PAGE held a workshop to identify capacity-building needs on green and inclusive economy. More than 50 participants from national and local governments, private sector and civil society gathered to discuss in more detail the knowledge and skills needed to continue progressing towards a green economy.

PAGE has agreed to institutionalize green economy training into the curricula of the National Institute for Employment and Professional Training, which has a reach of over 100,000 individuals, including labour unions and civil servants.

Also in 2018, PAGE has been preparing a training activity for specialized professionals from the public and private sectors involved in the Strategic Environmental Assessment, to be held in 2019. A workshop on economic modelling and analysis is also being organised for the same period.

PAGE has been working with the University of Montevideo and the Centro de Producción Más Limpia on a training of trainers programme on cleaner production practices and labour formalization. The contents of the online course have been elaborated and will be delivered for the first time during the first half of 2019.

PAGE Uruguay has also been collaborating and sharing experiences with the new PAGE programme in Argentina.

 

Guyana

Outcome 3: Strengthening capacity

Through a series of workshops and training events, PAGE has been working to build the capacity of the Ministry of Finance for systems dynamics modelling. While this agenda is still ongoing, the Ministry has already increased its capacity to use and interpret the modelling tool in order to gain a holistic understanding of the social, environmental and economic impacts. This work will significantly improve institutional and individual capacities in utilizing modelling to support future policy and planning processes.

Recognizing the importance of the media for developing a broad support base for the Green State Development Strategy: Vision 2040, PAGE is also developing a tailored training for journalists and other media professionals. This aims to increase understanding, clarify concepts and de-mystify perceptions around green economy, as well as to cover the key messages and priorities from the Green State Development Strategy.

Looking ahead, PAGE will continue to support capacity building on systems dynamics modelling and will work closely with national partners to develop national capacity around green jobs.