This study had two components: firstly, investigation, identification
and mapping of recent research on Green Growth, including effects on the
environment and environmental resources and poverty in developing
countries; and secondly, identification of the evidence and research
gaps in the same area and a brief discussion of where further research
by DFID would add most value.
The rapid desk-based study identified a range of institutions involved
in research, support, and convening on Green Growth issues. Though there
is great diversity in the actors involved, a smaller number of
organisations and partnerships are leading the debate about Green Growth
and publishing research. These include the OECD, the World Bank, the
Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), UNEP and other members of the
Green Growth Knowledge Partnership (GGKP).
The report briefly discusses the debate around the definition of Green
Growth and the relevance of Green Growth to developing countries and
poverty reduction. Research questions in the existing literature are
then summarised, followed by a summary of current Green Growth research.
Gaps in knowledge and research on Green Growth were identified under
each of the issue areas of economics, technology and innovation, trade,
jobs, and metrics. Gaps in knowledge about the role of the private
sector in achieving Green Growth or implementing Green Growth policies
were also evident.
Although Green Growth is relevant to DFID objectives, there is a large
gap in knowledge and research on the costs and benefits of Green Growth
policies for DFID priority countries. The debate on the relevance of
Green Growth for LICs suggests that such research needs to be
country-focused. DFID-supported research on the economic, social and
environmental costs and benefits of the adoption of Green Growth in
LICs, including at macro-, micro-economic and sectoral levels, would
fill this gap and inform policy-making in the countries concerned.
A second area where value could be added by DFID is research that
assesses the contribution to Green Growth in developing countries of
measures that strengthen the sustainable management of natural resources
and improve the efficiency of resource use. There is also scope for DFID
to support research on the effects on Green Growth of the activities of
the local private sector in developing countries and how these might be
This report has been produced by the Overseas Development Institute for
Evidence on Demand with the assistance of the UK Department for
International Development (DFID) contracted through the Climate,
Environment, Infrastructure and Livelihoods Professional Evidence and
Applied Knowledge Services (CEIL PEAKS) programme, jointly managed by
HTSPE Limited and IMC Worldwide Limited.
Scott, A.; McFarland, W.; Seth, P. Research and evidence on green growth. Evidence on Demand, UK (2013) 38 pp. [DOI: 10.12774/eod_hd064.july2013.scott]