Can Inclusive Growth Also Be Green?

Latin America and the Caribbean have experienced a period of sustained economic growth rooted in improvements in productivity and high international prices for natural resources.

Some governments in the region have implemented inclusion programs aimed at overcoming or reducing inequity with relative success. At the same time, in response to climate change considerations, there has been growing international pressure for these economic activities to be more environmentally friendly.

Going green can offer interesting opportunities for inclusion policies and programs and renewed growth, but also poses considerable challenges to existing growth models based on natural resources.

This project will study the impact of the move to low carbon economies on growth and inclusion in Latin America, and the effects on the region's current development patterns. It will aim to bridge current gaps between green growth and development research, and identify policy instruments for inclusive green growth appropriate for Latin American countries.

Researchers will analyze how the pressure to adopt the green growth model could affect growth itself, social inclusion, and gender disparities. Another focus will be on adequate policy instruments for the move toward low carbon economies within the particular development context of Latin American countries. As well, the research will identify policies and initiatives to drive the adoption and promotion of green growth strategies that also encourage inclusive growth.

The Latin American Trade Network (LATN) will implement the project, with the Argentinean branch of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) providing overall coordination. The research will explore possible tensions between green growth, inclusiveness, and natural-resource based growth in Latin America and provide policy recommendations on alternative strategies. It will also suggest examples for greening development patterns and build capacity on green growth among policymakers, private sector, civil society, and academics in the region.

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Start Date

Thursday, June 28, 2012

End Date

Sunday, June 28, 2015


36 months

IDRC Officer

Petrazzini, Ben

Total funding

CA$ 869,300


South America, North and Central America, West Indies


Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Diana Tussie

Project Leader

Juliana Peixoto


Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences

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