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Gender, Poverty and Environmental Indicators on African Countries 2014 - Special Feature Article


Governments in Africa are eager to minimize the risks associated with green growth and enhance the opportunities it brings. Green growth is a departure from the resource-intensive business-as-usual growth of the past that has led to the depletion of natural and other resources. The main risks discussed in this paper are low levels of green growth readiness; potential for dumping entry-level clean technologies; and conditional trade for green growth. Opportunities include the completion of old renewable energy mega-projects and a chance to build climate-resilient infrastructure and settlements. The paper also discusses policy initiatives such as readiness parameters; mainstreaming green growth; avoiding a onesize-fits-all approach; prioritization of large, quick-win endeavours; better institutional coordination; and developing a Green Growth Index (GGI) for monitoring and evaluation.

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