Why inclusion matters for a green post-Covid recovery

This event, hosted by UK think tank IIED will discuss why inclusion matters for a green post-Covid recovery.

The transition to a green and inclusive recovery after COVID-19 requires broad and deep social support. Bringing small enterprises, low-income groups and marginalised communities into the investment and policymaking process is not merely a ‘nice to have’, it is key in the transition to green and inclusive economies.

This IIED Debates event will hear how citizen-led dialogues can generate more effective policy and accelerate the green recovery.

The full extent of the suffering caused by COVID-19 is still emerging, but poor communities, small and informal businesses, and marginalised communities are bearing the brunt of the crisis. The pandemic has exposed the scale of global inequalities, and it is likely to exacerbate them.

The ‘green recovery’ has emerged as one of the key solutions to COVID-19, but what are the practical solutions for ensuring that green economic policies leave no one behind?

Over the last four years the Green Economy Coalition (GEC) has supported participatory dialogues led by local civil society partners focused on the transition to a green economy. These dialogues were co-designed with a range of stakeholders to strengthen public support for green and fair programmes, and mainstream social inclusion into policymaking.

Contrary to the assumption  that more participatory policy processes are slow or cumbersome, results from the dialogues show that inclusive process design and outcome results in a faster green economic transition.


Laura Kelly (moderator) is the director of IIED’s Shaping Sustainable Markets research group.

Thibault Portevin is a policy officer for the green economy at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO)

Luis Prado is from Libelula.

Zeenat Niazi is the vice president at Development Alternatives Group.

Stuart Worsley is the dialogues director at Green Economy Coalition.

Najma Mohamed is the policy director at Green Economy Coalition.

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