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Royal Danish Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladesh Green Growth Study

The Bangladesh Green Growth Study sought to identify, map and analyze priority Green Growth needs and opportunities in Bangladesh and outline where and how a Danish engagement, based on existing green growth strongholds, can strategically support efforts towards a greener, more inclusive, and more socially responsible development trajectory in Bangladesh. The generated insight feeds into the initiated process of conceptualizing and designing a new Bangladesh Strategic Framework (BSF) for the period 2021-2026 by the Royal Danish Embassy in Dhaka.

Quercus Group applied a whole-system and sensemaking approach to outline possible action options in the face of the dominant economic growth trajectory and immense environmental and socio-economic challenges in Bangladesh.

Project Period: February 2020 - August 2020

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Starting Point & Challenge

The Royal Danish embassy in Dhaka's new strategy aspires to support shifts towards greener and more equitable outcomes of growth in Bangladesh. The immense complexity of environmental and socio-economic issues, their drivers, and the barriers of addressing them, challenge the finding of clearly defined strategic directions.

Our approach

The study sought to understand and situate possibilities for a Danish engagement on green growth in Bangladesh, navigating humanitarian and commercial Danish interests parallel to accounting for the reality of entangled issues. It employed a whole-system approach and integrate a diversity of perspectives, enabling to make sense of the complexity and to formulate potential scenarios for action. The Bangladesh Green Growth Study covered a wide terrain of questions. Rather than providing a collection of single analyses, it sought to meaningfully weave them together


The study's report provided an issue map and an overview of the barriers and constraints for green growth in Bangladesh. It established a landscape of key stakeholders, policy framework, concrete needs, demands and opportunities for green growth. The study team concludes advocating for a collaborative multi-stakeholder approach and supporting the thriving social innovation ecosystem, a strategic portfolio of a variety of different types of action, and entrepreneurial models for interventions.

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Get in touch with Nicolai Rottbøll or Wadim Baslow if you would like to learn more about the study and its approach.