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Goal 8: Decent working conditions and sustainable economic growth.

Inclusive Green Economy in Practice

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 sustainable economic growth. The program is aimed at officials, primarily economists, in government institutions central for IGE.

What we do

The main objective of this program is to strengthen low-income countries' capacity for transformation to an inclusive green economy (IGE). We achieve this through increased knowledge and application of economic and environmental policy instruments, organizational change, and strengthened national systems for inclusive and sustainable economic development.

Our program participants, IGE fellows, get a greater understanding, knowledge and ability to critically review and analyze current economic policies and conditions, and identify opportunities for transformation towards a greener and more inclusive economy. They will be strengthened in their roles as change agents within their organization.

What is IGE?

An inclusive green economy (IGE) is an economic development that improves human wellbeing and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities.

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Who we are

This program is led by The University of Gothenburg. Key partners within the university manages, and it is implemented by a consortium of strategic actors. The consortium is sectioned in national IGE Support teams. Feel free to contact anyone in the team for more information. Each team is headed by:

Associate Professor of Economics at Makerere University. He received post-graduate training (at PhD level) in Economic Theory; Microeconomic, Macroeconomics and Econometrics which greatly shaped his analytical skills. He   holds a PhD (Economics), Johannes Kepler University of Linz-Austria, M.A. (Economic Policy and Planning), Makerere University, and B.A. (Economics), Makerere University, Edward is also currently the Dean of the School of Economics, Makerere University. He has very rich hands-on experience in economics research with a bias towards Development- Micro-economics.

eddybbaale@gmail.com
Mob. +256783573395
 

Deputy director GMV, Project leader GMV Environmental Economics and Policy group and Sida’s Helpdesk for Environment and Climate Change.

anders.ekbom@gu.se
+46 766 22 92 02

Prof. Richard Mulwa is the current Centre Director and Senior Research Fellow at the Environment for Development-Kenya (EfD-K) based at the School of Economics, University of Nairobi. He holds a PhD from the Justus-Liebig University (JLU), Giessen, Germany and is currently teaching at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law and Policy (CASELAP) and School of Economics, University of Nairobi. He is a member of the African Growth and Development Policy (AGRODEP) Modelling Consortium, African Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EFAERE), European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE), and is the Secretary General of African Society of Ecological Economists (ASEE). Richard Mulwa has a wealth of experience in Efficiency and Productivity Analysis, Environmental and Resource Economics and Policy, Environmental Valuation, Economic Modelling, and Climate Change. He has been involved in many research projects in these areas, published widely in international peer reviewed journals, and is a reviewer of several reputable journals.

richard.mulwa@uonbi.ac.ke; richard.mulwa@gmail.com

Byela Tibesigwa is a senior research fellow. She holds a PhD Economics from the University of Cape Town; and MA and BA Economics from the University of Botswana. Her current research work focuses on ecosystem services, climate change and agriculture and their interaction on poverty, well-being and gender inequalities in developing countries. Byela is currently the Ecosystem Services Accounting for Development (ESAfD) working group representative for Tanzania. ESAfD is managed by the Environment for Development Initiative and Swedish EPA (Naturvårdsverket).

byela.tibesigwa@gmail.com
+255 22 2410252

Sabiti Fred is currently the National Technical Advisor at the Rwanda’s Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN) responsible for environment and climate change mainstreaming. Fred has supported MINECOFIN in developing the current National Strategy for Transformation (NST), country’s vision (vision 2050). Fred holds bachelor’s degree in Development Economics from the National University of Rwanda and two masters: One from Makerere University-Uganda in Finance and Accounting and the other in Environmental Economics and natural resources management from Adventist university in Kigali. Fred has over 12 years of experience working with Government of Rwanda especially with sectors and districts on how environment and inclusive development linkages are integrated in the policies, programs, plans and budgets at central and decentralized levels of administration.

Before Joining the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Fred was a national coordinator of poverty and environment initiative-a UNDP-UNEP Joint program based in Rwanda environment Management authority (REMA) since 2008. Fred is well known for orchestrating the popular green villages in Rwanda-Integrated rural settlements that were developed with climate resilience considerations. Fred supported key studies including Public environmental expenditure Review, Environmental fiscal reform, Green growth and climate resilience strategy among others.

Contact: fred.sabiti@minecofin.gov.rw

Tagel Gebrehiwot is Center Director and a research fellow at the Environment and Climate Research Center (ECRC). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Twente, the Netherlands. His field of expertise include climate vulnerability assessments and farm level adaptation to climate change, environmental impact assessment, policy impact evaluation, poverty and food security analysis, and agricultural insurance and risk sharing. He also gained ample experience in applied econometrics, spatial analysis, remote sensing and GIS in relation to drought monitoring and various aspects of environmental applications.

tagelgebrehiwot@gmail.com
+251 115538632

Ethiopia - IGE Support Team

Tagel Gebrehiwot is Center Director and a research fellow at the Environment and Climate Research Center (ECRC). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Twente, the Netherlands. His field of expertise include climate vulnerability assessments and farm level adaptation to climate change, environmental impact assessment, policy impact evaluation, poverty and food security analysis, and agricultural insurance and risk sharing. He also gained ample experience in applied econometrics, spatial analysis, remote sensing and GIS in relation to drought monitoring and various aspects of environmental applications.

tagelgebrehiwot@gmail.com
+251 115538632

Contact: dawitwmulatu@gmail.com

Contact: hamtekbel@yahoo.com

Contact: asayektm@gmail.com

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Kenya - IGE Support team

Prof. Richard Mulwa is the current Centre Director and Senior Research Fellow at the Environment for Development-Kenya (EfD-K) based at the School of Economics, University of Nairobi. He holds a PhD from the Justus-Liebig University (JLU), Giessen, Germany and is currently teaching at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law and Policy (CASELAP) and School of Economics, University of Nairobi. He is a member of the African Growth and Development Policy (AGRODEP) Modelling Consortium, African Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EFAERE), European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE), and is the Secretary General of African Society of Ecological Economists (ASEE). Richard Mulwa has a wealth of experience in Efficiency and Productivity Analysis, Environmental and Resource Economics and Policy, Environmental Valuation, Economic Modelling, and Climate Change. He has been involved in many research projects in these areas, published widely in international peer reviewed journals, and is a reviewer of several reputable journals.

richard.mulwa@uonbi.ac.ke; richard.mulwa@gmail.com

Dr Jackson Otieno is Water Economist at Athi Water Works Development Agency and a Research Fellow of the EfD in Kenya where he also doubles up as an executive committee member. He is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cape Town, School of Economics. He is also a guest lecturer at the University of Nairobi and supports the Department of Meteorology at the University of Nairobi in supervision of students. He is a former Principal Economist with National Treasury and Planning, Kenya. His current research interest is in the area of biodiversity conservation, climate change, water and sanitation, valuation of non-market environmental amenities, and economics of wildlife conservation.

amimoj77@gmail.com

Dr. Helen Hoka Osiolo teaches Economics at Strathmore University Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Nairobi, Kenya. She has a PhD in Economics with specialization on Environmental Economics and Public Finance. Her working experience is on climate change policy and research analysis with a focus on energy and transport. She is currently an associate editor with the Energy for Sustainable Development and a peer-reviewer with several  Elsevier journals on development, environment, and health. She has widely published in peer reviewed journals and co-authored several book chapters. 

She has partnered, mobilized, and carried out collaborative research with both academia, think tanks, private and government sectors both at national and international levels. Key among such collaborations under the Global Challenges Research Fund ( GCRF) funding  is the ESPRFC Green Growth Diagnostic for Africa – Consortium of researchers based in Kenya, Ghana and the UK looking for the key areas of policy interventions to remove obstacles to investment in renewable technologies. She has also worked on transport sector; her recent assignment was a study on the “Benefits and Cost of Scaling Up High Speed Train Network in Africa with the Copenhagen Consensus Centre in USA.

helen.hoka@gmail.com

Dr. Michael Ndwiga holds a Ph.D. degree in economics with a specialization in Environmental Economics from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Ndwiga is a lecturer at the University of Nairobi where he teaches environmental economics and econometrics. He has worked as a consultant for more than 11 years within the field of ecosystem services, agriculture, and poverty. He is also a policy engagement specialist for Inclusive Green Economy in Practice for Senior Civil Servants, based at the EfD Kenya.

E-mail: michajairos@gmail.com
Phone: +254720 375 654 

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Rwanda - IGE Support team

Sabiti Fred is currently the National Technical Advisor at the Rwanda’s Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN) responsible for environment and climate change mainstreaming. Fred has supported MINECOFIN in developing the current National Strategy for Transformation (NST), country’s vision (vision 2050). Fred holds bachelor’s degree in Development Economics from the National University of Rwanda and two masters: One from Makerere University-Uganda in Finance and Accounting and the other in Environmental Economics and natural resources management from Adventist university in Kigali. Fred has over 12 years of experience working with Government of Rwanda especially with sectors and districts on how environment and inclusive development linkages are integrated in the policies, programs, plans and budgets at central and decentralized levels of administration.

Before Joining the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Fred was a national coordinator of poverty and environment initiative-a UNDP-UNEP Joint program based in Rwanda environment Management authority (REMA) since 2008. Fred is well known for orchestrating the popular green villages in Rwanda-Integrated rural settlements that were developed with climate resilience considerations. Fred supported key studies including Public environmental expenditure Review, Environmental fiscal reform, Green growth and climate resilience strategy among others.

Contact: fred.sabiti@minecofin.gov.rw

Amin Karimu is a trained economist with a strong background in energy economics, public finance, econometrics, and development policy. He holds a PhD in Economics from Sweden. His research interests are in the areas of electricity markets in Africa, the oil and gas industries, public debt, innovations in Africa, tax and revenue policies, poverty interventions, management of natural resources, and sustainable development in Africa.

nyoamink@gmail.com

Abias Maniragaba holds a PhD in Environmental Health with deep trainings in Environmental Economics from different international organizations like GIZ and University of Gothernberg . He has worked for more than 10 years as university Lecturer with different assignments including administration and consultancies. Abias has an academic grade of Senior Lecturer with participation in the publications of more than 40 scientific papers. He is a member of different international organizations like: IHP at UNESCO Rwandan Commission, World association of soil and water conservation, Society of conservation biology and Rwanda Association of professional Environmental Practitioners (RAPEP). His current position is IGE, Policy Engagement Specialist for the program on Inclusive Green Economy in Practice for Senior Civil Servants, based at MINECOFIN-Rwanda (Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning).

E-mail: abiasrw@gmail.com
Phone: +250783782303

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Tanzania - IGE Support team

Byela Tibesigwa is a senior research fellow. She holds a PhD Economics from the University of Cape Town; and MA and BA Economics from the University of Botswana. Her current research work focuses on ecosystem services, climate change and agriculture and their interaction on poverty, well-being and gender inequalities in developing countries. Byela is currently the Ecosystem Services Accounting for Development (ESAfD) working group representative for Tanzania. ESAfD is managed by the Environment for Development Initiative and Swedish EPA (Naturvårdsverket).

byela.tibesigwa@gmail.com
+255 22 2410252

Aloyce Hepelwa is working with the the University of Dar es Salaam as Senior lecturer and is EfD Research Fellow. He has a BA in Statistics from the University of Dar es Salaam, MA in Economic Policy Management from Makerere University Kampala, and Regional Master Degree Courses in Environmental Economics and Policy from Center for Environmental Economics and Policy (CEEPA) at the University of Pretoria. He completed his PhD studies at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and his research was on “Environmental Resources Sustainability Indicators: An Integrated Assessment Model for Tanzania”. The PhD project focused on the definition and analysis of quantitative indicators for sustainable use of water and forest resources in Tanzania.

Recently he has been involved in the study on: The esbtablishment of the Mechanism for Payment for Water Environmental Services in Tanzania, Rufiji River Basin Tanzania; Strengthening Pro-poor Wetland Conservation Using Integrated Economic, Livelihoods and Bioersity Assessments (IUCN project); Leaverhume projet - Valuing the Arc www.valuingthearc.org; Environmental Flow Assessment Program in Pangani River Basin (IUCN project); and Socioeconomic Development and Benefit Sharing Project of Nile Basin Initiative (NBI).

Contact: ahepelwa@yahoo.com

Razack Lokina is an associate professor of Economics, Center Director and Senior Research Fellow at EfD Tanzania. He also a lectures in Microeconomics, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Quantitative methods and Econometrics, and Project Appraisal and Planning, and conducts research and consultancy in poverty, resource, and environmental economics. He has now spent about five years working with applications of environmental economics in various aspects. In a previous assignment he was assigned the responsibilities of a team leader and member of the team in a study on the current allocation of Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) resource and placed in the context of the national fisheries (2005). He was also involved as a team member in the study on the Establishment of the Mechanism for Payment of Water Environmental Service in Tanzania. He was involved as a team member in the study on Innovative Approaches to Overcoming Economic, Legal and Institutional Obstacles to Improved Forest Governance. Currently he is involved in the study on the Integrated Ecosystem Assessment, which is a global initiative to protect the mountain ecosystem.

razack_lokina@yahoo.co.uk
+255-22-2410252

Azizi Mussa is a Policy Engagement Specialist at EfD Tanzania, He is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the IGE programme in Tanzania. Before Joining EfD, Azizi has been working at the Ministry of livestock and Fisheries for more than seven years whereby his latest position is Ministerial Parliamentary Secretary. Azizi Holds an MSc in Public Policy at Peking University in Beijing and a BA in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Dar es salaam 

Email: mussaazizi@yahoo.com 

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Uganda - IGE Support team

Associate Professor of Economics at Makerere University. He received post-graduate training (at PhD level) in Economic Theory; Microeconomic, Macroeconomics and Econometrics which greatly shaped his analytical skills. He   holds a PhD (Economics), Johannes Kepler University of Linz-Austria, M.A. (Economic Policy and Planning), Makerere University, and B.A. (Economics), Makerere University, Edward is also currently the Dean of the School of Economics, Makerere University. He has very rich hands-on experience in economics research with a bias towards Development- Micro-economics.

eddybbaale@gmail.com
Mob. +256783573395

Dr. John Sseruyange is  Lecturer of Economics at Makerere University School of Economics (2008-todate), with over 15 years of vast experience in conducting field experiments including natural experiments that employ Randomized Control Trails (RCTs) and Lab-in-the-Field experiments.  John is also good in analyzing panel data and has some knowledge in analyzing time series data. Dr. John Sseruyange holds a Doctorate in Economics from Wageningen University, Netherlands. His has skills in data based applications like STATA SPSS, Microsoft applications. 

johnsseruyange@gmail.com
+256-782-487948 / +256-752-487948

Babyenda Peter is an Assistant Lecturer at the school of economics, Makerere University under the College of Business and Management Sciences. He is a PhD student at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. His areas of specialization are; econometrics and environmental economics. His research interests are mainly in the Micro foundations of Macroeconomic aspects such as environment, climate change, biodiversity, forestry, water resources and agriculture. Beyond these, Babyenda Peter is an enthusiast of both cross-section survey data and panel data analysis and has also had an opportunity to analyse time series data. Babyenda Peter has three publications on his name and in this particular project. His current PhD thesis title is Climate variability, Agricultural Productivity and Household Welfare Outcomes in Uganda where he is examining the likely potential impact of climate change on agriculture using the Ricardian model and the likely impact of climate change on household welfare such as household consumption expenditure and poverty. He will also investigate whether there is a difference in welfare outcomes between the adapting and non-adapting farming households in Uganda.

pbabyenda@gmail.com / pbabyenda@bams.mak.ac.ug
+256773432413

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Program Management - University of Gothenburg

Deputy director GMV, Project leader GMV Environmental Economics and Policy group and Sida’s Helpdesk for Environment and Climate Change
anders.ekbom@gu.se
+46 766 22 92 02

Emelie César is the co-project leader for the Inclusive Green Economy in Practice for Senior Civil Servants.

She is currently working as a policy advisor and senior expert within the Environmental Economics and Policy Group at the Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development. She has broad international experience from working as an environmental advisor to the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, and Swedish Embassies in East and West Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe. She has also experience of collaboration with governmental agencies in East Africa and Asia, and the World Bank, OECD, GGGI, and other international organizations.

emelie.cesar@gu.se
+46 766 22 92 06

Gunnar Köhlin is the Director of Environment for Development. He is also an Associate Professor at the Environmental Economics Unit, Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg.

He has spent 30 years working with applications of environmental economics in developing countries including the development of a dedicated PhD program in environmental and development economics.

His research interests focus on natural resource management and environmental policy analysis in developing countries. The applications have focused on forestry, energy and sustainable agriculture as well as environmental strategies at the country level.

gunnar.kohlin@efd.gu.se
+46 31 786 4426

Daniel Slunge, Ph.D., is the Policy Engagement Director at EfD. Daniel is passionate about building bridges between research and policy and contributing to more evidence-based policymaking. Daniel has extensive international experience from collaborations with governmental agencies in East Africa and Latin America and with the World Bank, OECD, UNDP, UNEP, and other international organizations. Daniel teaches at doctoral level on Research-Policy Interaction and Risk Analysis, and at masters level on Sustainability Assessments and environmental economic policy instruments. His research focuses on the analysis of policy instruments, economic valuation, risk perception, and how different assessment methods can contribute to decisions for more sustainable development.

daniel.slunge@efd.gu.se
+46 766 22 92 05

Anna Mellin is the policy engagement coordinator for the program Inclusive Green Economy in Practice for Senior Civil Servants, based at the EfD Global Hub.

She holds an MSc degree in economics from the University of Gothenburg. Her former positions include working as a project manager and environmental economist at both research institutes and a governmental agency. Where she worked in various consultancy and research projects including different kinds of socio-economic analysis, with the main focus on environmental policies in the transport and water sector.

You are welcome to contact her if you have questions or comments about the program Inclusive Green Economy in Practice for Senior Civil Servants.

anna.mellin@efd.gu.se

Erik Sterner is devoted to improving the pedagogics and communication of climate change and sustainable development. He is working as a researcher, pedagogical developer, communicator and teacher in these areas. Previously he was comparing different climate forcers (gases and particles) using simple climate models (2011-2015), but after his licentiate thesis, his strong interest in pedagogics and communication made him direct his research focus into the area of climate change pedagogics. Questions such as "What ways are there to reason about the build up of CO2 in the atmosphere?", "Why do we reason this way?" and "How can we improve learning about this?" are central questions for his research. Additionally Erik is engaged in student centered education and public communication of science that aims to create fun and engaging learning experiences. As an example, he is one of the creators of the climate change educational games Climate Call, which has been printed in close to 40 000 copies and is being used widely in schools and universities. He is also initiating research into the development of a Glocal (i.e. global and local) master program called Collaborative Climate Change and Sustainable Development that he is leading the work on together with Edwin Muchapondwa and other colleagues in the EfD network.

erik.sterner@efd.gu.se
+46 709 72 01 96

Communications officer at Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development at Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg.
hugo.gustafsson@chalmers.se
+46 31 772 67 81

Susanna Olai is the Program Manager of EfD.

susanna.olai@efd.gu.se
+46 31 786 4321

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For Program Participants

Our program participants are called IGE fellows. In this section we´ve gathered links to all the resources our IGE fellows need during the program. If something you´re looking for is missing, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Organizing Institutions

University of Gothenburg

Lead organisation for this programme is The University of Gothenburg, key partners within the university manages: Environment for Development Initiative (EfD), and Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development (GMV).

Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development

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 (SEA), environmental governance and sustainable development more generally; e.g. a Swedish Institute-financed program 2019-2020 on Inclusive green economy targeting government agencies in three of the partner countries in this program, and a Sida-financed International Training Programme (ITP) on SEA 2013-2019 in the program countries.

Environment for Development Initiative

Environment for Development Initiative (EfD); EfD has promot-ed academic capacity development on environmental economics during the last 15 years in the proposed program countries. It has managed to build a strong critical mass of green economy re-searchers and policy advisors that will be utilized in this program.

Partner Organizations

Other collaborating partner organizations contribute with expertise throughout the program. These are, among others: Policy Studies Insti-tute, Ethiopia; Makerere University, Uganda; Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN); Rwanda; University of Nai-robi, Kenya; University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Environment for Development Initiative-Africa; World Resources Institute-Africa; African Development Institute (ADI), African Development Bank; Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University; Swedish Environmental Protection Agency; and Swedish Tax Authority.

The Field of Green Economy Learning

The number of organizations working on training and education on green economy is increasing each year, however, the efforts and initiatives are not always coordinated and sometimes hard to find. To address this we´ve gathered key actors in a resource guide open for anyone to use.

Read our guide to find other key actors in the field of green economy learning

Green Economy Learning Resource Guide (PDF)