Approaches

Our Strategic Approaches

We adopt 3 mutually reinforcing Strategic Approaches to ensure that our Objectives and Goals are achieved. In essence, these represent strategic ways of working. Each approach provides a different dimension to the manner in which each individual Pathway is pursued. They influence the design of strategies and projects in each Pathway

Project-centric Approach

We adopt a project-centric approach to our work. This serves an intentional bottom-up strategic process where projects work to secure pre-determined outcomes that respond to a particular challenge identified within a Thematic Action Area. In turn, this secures Pathway objectives and ultimately attains the desired impacts defined by our Goals.

A concerted effort is made to identify and implement catalytic projects that are scalable, replicable and sustainable by other stakeholders across Asia.

Crucially, every project incorporates a Results-based Monitoring and Evaluation element as we place great importance on implementing projects successfully so that they achieve all the ambitions set out at every level in the results chain from inputs right through to the desired vision impact.

There is a strong learning element to the design and implementation of each project, with a clear intention to create a best practice knowledge base that can be shared with other green growth stakeholders. This also serves as an adaptation measure to fine tune our interventions and make them even more effective.

Knowledge based Approach

A knowledge based approach is adopted to create awareness and build capacity in order to foster and encourage the green growth agenda and way of living. The short term manifestation of this is seen through the dissemination of knowledge derived from trusted partners and stakeholders. However, the longer term ambition for the Foundation is to create its own Green Growth Knowledge Platform, born out of our own experiences and determination to document and publish the experiences and lessons derived from our projects and work.

The intention is for this Green Growth Knowledge Platform to ultimately serve as a resource for all those seeking to advocate and pursue a green growth agenda. Specifically, it will support decision-making and induce change towards sustainable development by providing an integrative approach to green growth learning and knowledge that bridges scientific, policy and best practice led solutions with the practical needs of stakeholders in the field seeking to mount an effective response across a range of green growth themes

The Foundation is already tapping into the increasing recognition by governments, the private sector, and civil society that achieving sustainable development will only come about through changing current economic thinking, policies, and decision making on production and consumption practices and lifestyles.

We will continue to show leadership in bridging this gap through the publication of our own literature as well as through the implementation of our own seminars, forums and summits or by contributing at such meetings organised by others

GGAF believes that it is important to reach out to the seldom heard, like communities and students, and is already working on a range of appropriate knowledge-based products that can bring about awareness in the green growth agenda and enable individuals to make an informed decision about green living.

Collaborative Approach

We adopt a collaborative approach to our work because we believe we are able to play a vital mobilising role that brings together stakeholders that are affected by sustainability issues with private sector, academic and financial solution providers. In addition, the Foundation plays a crucial project management role, whether in identifying, designing and implementing its own projects or through a collaborative structure with a range of strategic partners.

We find that partnerships in fostering research and innovation help deliver the green growth agenda. Partnerships help in securing funding by pooling financial, human and infrastructure resources. They also help in avoiding duplication of efforts. In our experience, partnerships often help diffuse innovations for upscaling and replication.

The Foundation has been successful in forging strong, national and international partnerships with world-renowned knowledge-based organisations, research foundations and the industry. Partnerships will continue to be made to meet research needs, sharing of resources such as laboratories/instrumentation, analytical tools and databases, particularly as defined in the various Thematic Action Areas.

We collaborate and partner at a community level through effective community engagement. It is our strongly held view that an effective response can be mounted at a community level and that communities have great insight into the environmental challenges that are being manifest from unsustainable development practices.