With increasing country interest in climate action and environmental sustainability, policy-makers require information about the social, economic and employment implications of greening policies. Acquiring this information requires thorough empirical assessment; many countries lack technical capacity and expertise to conduct assessments with appropriate methodologies and quantitative tools.
The Green Jobs Assessment Institutions Network (GAIN) – a network of institutions and experts on the application of models for quantitative measurements and policy analysis, was initiated to help build capacity for assessments and policy analysis particularly in developing and low income countries.
GAIN was initiated in 2013 by the ILO in collaboration with UNEP, UNIDO and UNITAR with the aim to provide a common pool of expertise at both institutional and individual level, in order to enable national governments to access and utilize a research and advisory capacity for country- level assessments and subsequent policy making. GAIN seeks to support the development and strengthening of institutional capacity in the countries by providing direct technical support to local institutions and by connecting them to other policy research institutions around the world.
The two specific objectives of GAIN are as follows:
- To build and improve knowledge on quantitative and analytical methodologies and tools relevant for the assessment of employment, social and economic dimensions of greening policies, including Input-Output tables, Social Accounting Matrixes, Computable General Equilibrium models, System Dynamic models, surveys and other assessment approaches.
- To share knowledge and build the capacity of national institutions to be able to carry out assessments in their own countries, or support other countries where expertise is lacking, thereby promoting a pooling of expertise and South-South and triangular cooperation in research.
GAIN holds international conferences and workshops on a bi-annual basis. Between these conferences, the Network operates through video-conferencing and webinars as well as through email exchanges. Network members willing to discuss a particular assessment underway or completed may invite other Network members to a dedicated session for peer review and comments. The ILO Green Jobs Programme currently serves as Secretariat of the Network and facilitates the organisation of such dedicated webinars.
GAIN is in the process of developing a green jobs assessment training package to serve as a hands-on manual for relevant policy-makers and researchers to strengthen and enhance national capacity. The first draft of the training package was presented and discussed at the second International GAIN Conference, which took place in April 2015 at the ILO in Geneva.
GAIN is open to all institutions and experts sharing common views and interest on measuring economic and social implications of transitions to low carbon and greener economies, and recognising the importance of rigorous and credible assessment methodologies and tools. Participation in the Network is free of charge.
Mr. Moustapha Kamal Gueye, Coordinator, Green Jobs Programme
Tel: +41 22 799 7247
Mr Marek Harsdorff, Green Jobs Specialist, Green Jobs Programme
Tel: +41 22 799 7189