Greening the Post-COVID Recovery


Launched in 2O14, Korea Green Innovation Days (KGID) is the World Bank Group’s annual flagship green growth knowledge sharing event organized and funded by the Korea Green Growth Trust Fund (KGGTF).

Once every year, the World Bank’s leading experts in climate change and economic development, together with client country delegations and green growth practitioners from the Republic of Korea and around the world come together at Korea Green Innovation Days to share tangible examples and holistic, innovative approaches to achieving sustainable development.

KGID Korea Green Innovation Days facilitates in-depth discussions on major issues surrounding green growth and long-term climate-smart development, and provides a platform for World Bank staff, client countries and green growth experts to network and exchange technical and operational knowledge.

Key Objectives


Learn how Korea, the World Bank and other countries are sharing green growth technical knowledge globally.


Learn about climate-smart and green technologies, policies, and methods from other countries that may support your country’s sustainable development growth plans and actions.


Make new contacts that can help you better implement green growth and climate-smart actions.


Build a global community of experts engaging in dialogue on green innovation and implementation long after the event.

KGID Fall 2021

KGID Fall 2021

Korea Green Innovation Days (KGID) Partnership Week 2021,hosted by the Korean Green Growth Trust Fund (KGGTF), was held virtually on September 27-29 | September 28-30, 2021 (KST). The three-day event brought together more than 320 experts from World Bank project teams, knowledge partners in Korea (K-Partners) and client countries in the key sectors of agriculture, energy, environment, digital development, transport, urban development, and water. The participants actively engaged in dialogue and cooperation for post-COVID green growth and Green, Resilient, and Inclusive Development (GRID).

This flagship knowledge sharing event organized 22 Breakout Sessions.12 Grant Sessions highlighted 15 newly approved KGGTF grant projects and explored collaborations with knowledge partners in Korea (K-Partners) and around the world. In addition, 6 K-Partner Sessions and 4 WBG Korea Office Sessions facilitated active discussion, knowledge sharing and new partnerships between the World Bank and Korean partners.

Watch Plenary Session of KGID Partnership Week 2021 on YouTube (WBG KGGTF)

Visit Event Website for detailed agendas and session materials.

Plenary Session
Richard Damania

Richard Damania

Chief Economist, Sustainable Development, WBG
Jason Allford

Jason Allford

Special Representative (Country Manager), WBG Korea Office
Kwangchul Ji

Kwangchul Ji

Director for Development Finance, MOEF, Korea
June-Yi Lee

June-Yi Lee

Lead Author of IPCC 6th Assessment Report
Kanta Kumari Rigaud

Kanta Kumari Rigaud

Lead Environmental Specialist, WBG
Hyoung Gun Wang

Hyoung Gun Wang

Senior Economist & KGGTF Program Manager, WBG

Day 1 Plenary Sessions

Opening Remarks

Richard Damania, Chief Economist, Sustainable Development, World Bank

Kwangchul Ji, Director, Development Finance Division, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Korea

Jason Allford, Special Representative, World Bank Group Korea Office, World Bank

Keynote Speech - “IPCC Report Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis”

June-Yi Lee, Coordinating Lead Author of WGI Contribution to IPCC 6th Assessment Report

Panel Discussion

June-Yi Lee, Coordinating Lead Author of WGI Contribution to IPCC 6th Assessment Report

Kanta Kumari Rigaud, Lead Environmental Specialist and Regional Climate Change Coordinator, World Bank

Introduction of 9-Year KGGTF Grants and KGID Partnership Week Sessions

Hyoung Gun Wang, KGGTF Program Manager, World Bank

Days 1–3 Breakout and Parallel Sessions

Grant Sessions

G1: Leveraging Digital Technologies for Agri-Food System Transformation

    - An Agri-tech smart farm pilot for greening growth in Mexico’s post COVID-19 recovery

    - Mongolia Smart Agri-food Systems Technical Assistance

G2: Innovative Solutions for Urban Mobility in Central Asia

G3: Decarbonizing freight for a new era of resilient and efficient logistics in India

G4: Energy Transition

    - Programmatic Technical Assistance (TA) on Energy Transition in the East Asia and Pacific region

    - Supporting Ecuador’s Energy Transition through an Energy Storage Program

    - Ukraine energy storage and ancillary services market development support

G5: Inclusive Sanitation for improving Water Quality in Lake Victoria Basin East Africa

G6: Implementing Green Digital Infrastructure Development

G7: Supporting Green and Resilient Urban Development as part of the COVID-19 Recovery in Mexico

G8: Integration of Land Information and Geospatial Systems for Green Economic Recovery in Vietnam

G9: Greening Textile Sector and Industrial Parks in Haiti

G10: Capacity Building and Water Academy-Uzbekistan

G11: Strategic Green Growth Transitions in Bangladesh and Nepal

G12: On-Demand Transit Service to Improve the Accessibility of Vulnerable Populatio in Ulaanbaatar

K-Partner Sessions

K1: Korea Rural Community Corporation (KRC)

    - Collaboration, Integration and Scaling-Up to Enhance Food Systems in the Developing World

K2: Korea Expressway Corporation (KEC)

    - Introduction to Korea Expressway Corporation’s Green Projects

K3: Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA)

    - How to respond to extreme weather and climate change for sustainable development

K4: Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO)

    - Introduction to KEPCO’s Overseas Projects

K5: Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT) |

    - Introduction to Projects under KIAT-WB Collaboration

K6: Korea National Railway (KNR)

    - Railway in Korea and overseas Project of Korea National Railway

WBG Korea Office Sessions

W1: Plastics and Innovation, ENB Team (Invitation Only)

W2: Smart and Green Cities in the East Asia and Pacific region, URL Team

W3: Land and Property Valuation in ASEAN countries, URL Team

W4: Energy Transition Grant Session (merged with G4 session), EEX Team

KGID Partnership Week 2021 At A Glance

Keynote Speech on “IPCC Report Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Base”

June-Yi Lee, Coordinating Lead Author of WGI Contribution to IPCC 6th Assessment Report and Associate Professor of Pusan National University

Introduction of Year 9 KGGTF Grants:

Hyoung Gun Wang, Program Manager of the Korea Green Growth Trust Fund(KGGTF), Sustainable Development Chief Economist Unit, World Bank

KGID Spring 2021

KGID Spring 2021

Korea Green Innovation Days (KGID 2021) focuses on the pressing challenge of the World Bank’s Build Back Better strategy and incorporates the innovative approach taken by Korea through its Green New Deal and Digital New Deal. With Greening the Post-COVID Recovery as this year’s theme, the virtual platform will introduce the transformative post COVID-19 strategies, initiatives and projects, highlight the substantial impact made by the Korea Green Growth Trust Fund, and provide in-depth discussions about future areas of collaboration between innovative Korean institutions and the World Bank Group.

We are especially excited to introduce a new breakout session format for Day Two of the event that provides an opportunity for many Korean institutions and agencies, valued partners to KGGTF, to highlight their green growth activities and best practices and explore new areas of cooperation with the World Bank.

The Republic of Korea is a global leader in green growth policies, technologies, and solutions to address climate change. Join us to learn how Korean technologies and solutions are being deployed, connect with experts, and discuss potential opportunities for collaboration and partnership.

KGDI Spring topics

DAY 1 April 22, 9:00 KST (April 21, 20:00 EDT)


Opening Remarks:

Welcome from the World Bank and Korea's Ministry of Economy and Finance


Richard Damania, Chief Economist for Sustainable Development, WBG

Panel Discussion:

"Greening the Post COVID Recovery"

Introduction to KGGTF:

Mainstreaming Green Growth in Action

"Stories from the Field":

Green Growth Results and Impact on the Ground

DAY 2 April 23, 9:00 KST (April 22, 20:00 EDT)


Parallel Breakout Sessions (K-Partners):

1.  KMI (ENB-Marine)


3.  KFS (ENB-Forest)

4.  KEITI (ENB-Water)

5.  K-water (Water)

6.  KIAT (EEX)

7.  LH (URL)


9.  RDA (AGF)

10. KRC (AGF)

11. NIA (DD)

12. KOTI (TRS)

13. SMG (Smart City)


KGGTF Year 9 Call for Proposals 

Introduction to the World Bank Organizations, Projects and Procurement

KGID Spring 2021 At A Glance

Opening Remarks

Juergen Voegele, VP for Sustainable Development WBG, and Taesik Yoon, Deputy Minister MOEF

Keynote: A Better Future: RISE

Richard Damania, Chief Economist, WBG

Korea’s Green New Deal

Hyungna Oh, Professor, Kyung Hee University

Introduction to KGGTF

Hyoung Gun Wang, Senior Economist & KGGTF Program Manager

Stories from the Field

Grant Success Stories

KGID Spring 2021

Story Map

KGID Spring 2021 - Summary

K-Partner Sessions

KGID Spring 2021 Partners

KGID Past Events



Seoul, South Korea. KGID 2019 provided attendees the opportunity to examine the transformational power of green growth with conference sessions that focus on case studies, tangible results and data from World Bank Korea Green Growth Trust Fund projects.




Seoul, South Korea. With green growth informing World Bank and country projects in a variety of sectors around the globe, KGID 2O18 focused shared learnings of how green growth frameworks can transform challenging development scenarios into opportunities to stimulate economic growth, improve quality of life and build shared economic prosperity.




Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. The Fourth Annual KGID Korea Green Innovation Days provided attendees with strategies to develop integrated, multi-sector solutions to use green growth to fuel sustainable development, including sessions on green investment, e-mobility, and technology and governance as catalysts for green growth.




Seoul, Republic Of Korea. KGID Korea Green Innovation Days 2O16 focused on Korea, client countries, and the World Bank are sharing green growth technical knowledge globally and featured sessions on climate-smart technologies and policies.