Green jobs and the city: towards a just transition in developing countries

Kleibrink, Alexander / Anna Pegels / Michael Fink / Wolfgang Scholz
Policy Brief (1/2023)

Bonn: German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)


This policy brief examines actions for a just transition of local job markets in developing countries. We identify building blocks for shifting from carbon-intensive towards green jobs in this transition. Green jobs in cities are key to ensure a just transition of local employment markets, both formal and informal, and make cities function more sustainably. They are part of a wider inclusive green economy aiming at carbon-neutrality and resource efficiency with a focus on human well-being and social equity while paying special attention to local nature-based solutions. The transition will create winners and losers. Both need to be managed if the process and outcomes are to be just. 

see also:
Green jobs in cities: challenges and opportunities in African and Asian intermediary cities
(Discussion Paper 7/2022)

About the author

Pegels, Anna



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