Green transformation and competitive advantage: Evidence from developing countries

Event Type

Bonn, 18.06.2018 until 19.06.2018

German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP), Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

International Research and Policy Conference on Green transformation and competitive advantage hosted by the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP), and Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

Developing country governments are increasingly committing to ‘greening’ their economies, most explicitly under the Paris Agreement, where nearly all governments agreed to establish national roadmaps for decarbonisation. Many developing country governments have furthermore enacted comprehensive national green growth strategies. Yet, there are concerns that poorer countries

  • do not have the financial and institutional means to internalize environmental costs, and that
  • their economies are mostly factor-driven, hence internalizing environmental costs may undermine their competitive advantages vis-a-vis innovation-driven economies.

For these reasons, many analysts and policymakers favour a ‘grow first and clean up later’ strategy. Our conference seeks to challenge this strategy through a better understanding of the economic co-benefits and costs of green transformations, please see attached Call for Papers. Confirmed speakers include Edward Barbier (Colorado State University), Sam Fankhauser (Grantham Research Institute, LSE), Ann Harrison (The Wharton School), and Xue Lan (Tsinghua University).

Travel and accommodation expenses of all accepted presenters will be covered (in accordance with Bundesreisekostengesetz, German Federal Travel Expenses Act). The conference results will be used to prepare a Special Issue on green transformations and their competitiveness effects in developing countries.

Event information

Date / h
18.06.2018 until 19.06.2018 / 16:28 - 16:28



In case of content related questions, please contact Anna Pegels ( or Tilman Altenburg ( For logistical information, please contact Ina Klemke (



9 April 2018: Extended outline submission (1200-2000 words)

23 April 2018: Decision notification: Conference acceptance

4 June 2018: Zero draft submission (min. 4000 words)

18 / 19 June: 2018 Conference presentation

2 July 2018: Notification of invitation to contribute to Special Issue

Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Tulpenfeld 6
D-53113 Bonn