The Green Jobs Assessments Institutions Network (GAIN) establishes its First Training Hub in Africa

GAIN Training Hub in Africa

Feature | 19 September 2019
The objective of the establishment of the GAIN Training Hub in Africa is institutional capacity building in Green Jobs Assessment Models. It is based on a MoU between the ILO and University of Pretoria.

GAIN is a global network of currently 33 members, mostly research institutions. They are jointed by the common goal of evidence based policy making based on a standard methodology of Input Output models.

The models, once nationally build and owned, support evidence based policy making. In the context of climate policies the models quantify social and labour market outcomes. They inform just transition policies to maximise positive and minimize negative impacts.
This year’s first edition 9-13 September was dedicated to inform the climate policies which countries have to submit trough the so called National Determined Contributions (NDCs) in 2020.

Policy makers and researchers from six African countries participated. In the opening debate senior officials from Ministries of Finance, Ministers of Labour, Ministries in charge of Climate Change and Social Partners discussed key social, economic and employment outcomes that climate policies must take into account.

Policy makers asked the researchers to build models which allow them to answer their questions: What is the job impact of a renewable energy target? Which skills are required? How many jobs for women and men will be crated or lost? What is the distributional impact of a tax on carbon emissions? Will rural households gain as well? How much waste and pollution is generated and jobs impacted?
Mauritius, Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Rwanda and Zimbabwe actively engaged in the discussion. The World Bank, European Bank (EBRD), AfDB, UNFCCC, UNDP, GIZ and ILO Regional and Sub-regional Office worked together with countries on hands on exercises.
At the end of the training, participants build simplified Green Jobs Assessment models on their computers and analysed their national economic statistics contained in Input Output tables and Social Accounting Matrixes.

Trainers from the GAIN Network equally enjoyed the teaching. Saying goodbye, Ulrike Lehr (GWS), one of the trainers said: ‘It was real fun!’ A total of 14 sessions were delivered in two different training tracks, one for policy makers and one for researchers.
Trainers came from the University of Mauritius, Riad Sultan; the University of Pretoria, Margaret Chitiga; SINTEF, a Norwegian research outfit, Kirsten Wiebe, and Marek Harsdorff from the ILO.

Asking one participant about the training: ‘It has been a great learning experience and one of the best trainings I have attended. I feel I have gained a set of tools and insights that I can apply to make an impact.’
For more information about the Green Jobs Assessment Institutions Network see the GAIN website