The COVID-19 pandemic and associated policy responses have disrupted economies and societies worldwide, deepening poverty, inequality and unemployment. Governments have responded through (often large) policy packages aimed at cushioning negative impacts on households and businesses, and reigniting the economy. Furthermore, strong calls for a "better, fairer and greener" recovery have led many governments to commit additional resources towards the transition to a green economy. Green recovery efforts and a just transition to an inclusive green and inclusive economy offer an opportunity to develop and implement a shared vision of resilience and sustainability. Yet, questions remain about the inclusivity and green credentials of recovery packages. South Africa is no exception and such debates are vivid in the country.
This webinar aims to unpack South Africa's recovery efforts from a green economy perspective. It will notably feature the Green Economy Tracker developed by the Green Economy Coalition. It is the first of a series of four events in 2022 that will discuss South Africa's road to building back better, fairer and greener. Stay tuned and be part of South Africa's green recovery!
14:00 - 14:10 Welcome and introduction
- Gaylor Montmasson-Clair, Senior Economist, Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS)
14:10 - 14:30 Setting the scene
- Stuart Worsley, Countries Programme Director, Green Economy Coalition (GEC)
- Lidia Afonso Gallegos, EU Delegation to South Africa.
14:30 - 14:50 Tracking South Africa's road to a green recovery
- Elize Hattingh, Researcher, Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS)
-Chris Hopkins: (GEC Economic Policy Lead)
14:50 - 15:20 Panel discussion
- Georgina Ryan, Director: Environmental Economics, National Treasury (NT)
- Basani Baloyi, Climate, Energy and Infrastructure Programme Lead, Institute
for Economic Justice (IEJ)
- Mbali Moroe, SME Green Economy Eco-system I-Go Initiative Project Manager,
National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA)
15:20 - 15:50 Open discussion
15:50 - 16:00 Wrap up
About the speakers
Elize Hattingh is a Researcher: Sustainable Growth at TIPS. She has been actively involved in promoting the sustainable development agenda for more than 15 years. She was the Executive Coordinator for Waste to Wing, a Switch Africa Green Project and the Incubation Manager at the South African Renewable Energy Incubator. She also actively supports youth and women SME business development.
Stuart Worsley is the Countries Programme Director at the Green Economy Coalition Secretariat. He is a well-known international green economy facilitator and co-author of Navigating Complexity in International Development. He is a specialist in development, poverty alleviation and the formation of participatory coalitions, working across the boundaries of community activism, science, NGO services, business development and government policy.
Lidia Afonso Gallegos holds a Masters in Economics and a Masters in Microfinance and Development. She worked as a business consultant and investment advisor for eight years, before transitioning to the International Development sector in 2009. Lidia has worked in eight countries on four different continents and spent a significant time of her professional life focusing on the role of the private sector in sustainable development, green growth and innovation. She joined the Delegation of the European Union to South Africa in 2015.
Basani Baloyi is the Climate, Energy and Infrastructure Programme Lead at the Institute for Economic Justice (IEJ). She is a feminist, development economist and activist. She gained her research experience while working on policy issues at the Centre For Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED), the Corporate Strategy and Industrial Development (CSID) Unit, Oxfam South Africa, and the Department of Trade and Industry.
Georgina Ryan is the Director of Environmental Economics within the Economic Policy Division at National Treasury of South Africa. She has a vast experience on green economy issues, working previously for the Department of Science and Innovation, MSCI, GreenCape and TIPS. She has notably carried out pioneering work on green R&D issues in South Africa.
Mbali Moroe is a Project Manager at the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa and representative of the I-Go Initiative for South Africa. She is also responsible for monitoring and evaluating the impact of all NCPC-SA programmes in South Africa.
About the facilitator
Gaylor Montmasson-Clair is a Senior Economist at TIPS, where he leads work on Sustainable Growth. He has carried extensive research on the transition to an inclusive green economy from a developing country perspective, with a focus on policy frameworks, industrial development, just transition and resource security.
Hosted by Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS), in collaboration with the Green Economy Coalition (GEC)