Our Goals serve to define four all-encompassing Entry Points into Pathways of strategic direction and work that are individually targeted to secure the stated outcome for its respective Goal. This establishes a very focussed and intentional approach to attaining our overall vision.
Entry Points and Pathways
The Green Growth Entry Points are divided into the following 4 themes:
(i) Economy Growth
(ii) Inclusive Growth
(iii) Sustainable Environment
(iv) Education for Sustainable Development
These Entry Points intentionally echo our Goals, and in turn, those of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, in order to secure a targeted bottom-up approach.
Setting a strategic and intentional direction
Our Green Growth Pathways represent strategic thematic entry points for mainstreaming green growth into development policies and measures that will be outworked through programmes and projects. These Pathways also serve individually as thematic focal points to identify specific challenges and issues that require a response or intervention to be developed and implemented within an urban and community setting.
The concept of a Pathway has been deliberately chosen to reflect how green growth is dynamic and in practice represents a transition from the current situational context of each chosen theme to a future preferred scenario or outcome where sustainable development is a reality. Also, a pathway signifies an intentional journey along an established roadmap.
Identifying specific thematic challenges within each Pathway
Successful green growth strategies will be informed by the ability to identify various Thematic Action Areas within each Pathway. These Thematic Action Areas individually represent a specific challenge within the Pathway and provide a recommended set of responses. They also set out the type of programmes and projects that might be implemented as the response.
The breadth of our response is key
We believe that the pursuit of a green growth agenda is not about individual green projects that intervene in specific circumstances. Instead, an effective green growth response should take place across a wide range of sustainability themes in a coordinated and intentional manner that takes into consideration how the projects, strategies, institutions, policies and social fabric that make up country’s development efforts will contribute to sustainable growth. We therefore structure our work to achieve a reinforcing effect between programmes and projects within each individual Pathway, rather than a collection of disparate actions.
The Green Growth Pathways chosen cover the broad thematic spectrum of challenges that are being faced and within each Pathway the Thematic Action Areas drill deeper into specific challenges and possible programmatic responses. Therefore, programmes and projects are designed to provide a focussed and targeted response within a particular Thematic Action Plan to secure the desired outcome for the respective Pathway goal and cumulatively to the urban setting and community at large.
Collectively, the Green Growth Pathways cover the range of sustainability challenges that are facing urban settings and communities and therefore make a significant and far ranging response that will ultimately produce the desired outcomes to achieve the goals, which in turn will have the desired impact to realise the vision.
An Overview of our Pathways and Thematic Action Areas
The reinforcing nature of our Green Growth Pathways and Thematic Action Areas can be seen in the following diagram :