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Invitation for applying to the Inclusive Green Economy (IGE) Programme 2020-2021

Information letter

Application form
This program strengthens national capacity to create an Inclusive Green Economy (IGE), which is one of the prerequisites for achieving Agenda 2030. The program covers all the themes of Agenda 2030, with particular focus on Sustainable Development Goal 8: Decent working conditions and economic growth. The main objective of the education program is to strengthen low-income countries' capacity for transformation to an inclusive green economy through increased knowledge and application of economic policy instruments, organizational change, and the building of national systems and transparent institution.

As a participant you will get greater understanding, knowledge and ability to critically review and analyze current economic policies and conditions, and identify opportunities for a transformation towards a greener economy. This will strengthen you in your role as change agent within your organization.

The program is an advanced in-service training with direct applicability for your daily work. It includes some theoretical training within IGE, practical exercises, study visits, project development and support for implementing own change work. The focus is on the use of economic instruments such as environmental taxes, pollution fees, subsidies or subsidy reduction, trading systems and other types of financial incentives for societal development in line with Agenda 2030.

The program educates officials (primarily economists) in government institutions such as ministry of finance, tax agencies, environmental and energy ministries, agricultural and natural resource authorities and other central government agencies for IGE. The programme strives to achieve an active and strong link to the participants’ professional area but also to strengthen the professional exchange between participants, enriching the programme through their different professional and geographical backgrounds. It has a regional focus, aiming to strengthen professional networks both within and between the represented countries.

Invited countries

The following countries are invited to nominate candidates: Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda

Target group

The program is an advanced training for professionals, mainly economists, who actively work with policies, programs and plans linked to IGE. In order for the participants to make the most of the education and to have reasonable opportunities to carry out their project work, as well as contribute to a long-term change process in their respective authorities and countries, we set the following requirements for applicants for the program.

Participants shall:
- have the ability and interest to drive development work within the IEG area and real application of economic instruments in policies, plans and/or programs;
- come from ministries or relevant sectoral agencies which have a clear role in developing IGE policy, plans or programs, as strategic planners or decision makers, or have the potential to take a decision-making role in their organization;
- have a good knowledge of English that enables active and competent participation in words and texts during the education;
- be a key person with a mandate that provides the opportunity to drive change work;ave an academic degree in economics or similar knowledge acquired in other ways;
- Have the opportunity to actively participate in the entire education program.
Women, being the underrepresented gender, are encouraged to apply to the programme since we strive to obtain a gender balance


The scheduled course in Ethiopia will be held in close connection to Addis Ababa. The venue of the scheduled course will be announced later.


Preliminary one week in January 2021 in Ethiopia

Duration og training programme

Approximately 9 months (September 2020 – June 2021)

Application process

A scanned copy of the application should be submitted by email to the programme organizer at emelie.cesar@gu.se. Candidates will be notified of the results of the selection. Last date to apply: October 15, 2020 (cob).


Lead organisation for this proposed programme is University of Gothenburg (UGOT). Specific actors in University of Gothenburg that will manage and ensure implementation include:
Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development (GMV)
GMV has substantial experiences of working with capacity development among government agencies in low-income countries in the area of green economy, strategic environmental assessment, environmental governance and sustainable development more generally; e.g.(in addition to the SI-supported capacity building programme on IGE 2019-2020; ref. Swedish Institute Diarienr: 25299/2018) a Sida-financed ITP on SEA 2012-2018 in the program countries, Erasmus+ Programme on capacity development among government agencies in low-income countries in the area of green economy and strategic environmental assessment.
Environment for Development Initiative (EfD)
EfD has promoted academic and policy capacity development on environmental economics/green economy during the last 15 years in the proposed program countries. It has successfully managed to build a strong critical mass of green economy researchers and policy advisors that are planned to be used in this programme as lecturers, mentors and advisors. It has created strong collaborative institutional partnerships among academic as well as government organisations (ministries and agencies), within and across the countries in the East Africa region and beyond.
Local partner organisation in the East Africa region, with which University of Gothenburg will principally collaborate with and transfer funds to, is Environment and Climate Research Center (ECRC) in the Policy Studies Institute in Ethiopia:

Environment and Climate Research Center (ECRC)
Local implementing partner organisation to UGOT in the East Africa region is the Environment and Climate Research Center (ECRC). It is part of the EfD Initiative and Policy Studies Institute (PSI) of Ethiopia. ECRC supports green and climate-resilient development in Ethiopia as a knowledge backstop. ECRC's core functions include policy oriented research on the economics of climate and environment in Ethiopia, real time impact evaluations of the Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE)'s implementation process, and serving as an interaction hub for research-policy interaction. The center also plays an important role in building domestic analytical capacity on climate related issues as well as developing a data and knowledge repository of Ethiopia’s green growth experiences. The center has 16 fulltime professional staff, all capable of addressing a range of topics in the area of inclusive green economy and sustainable development.

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