Powering Recovery in the Middle East

Investigating opportunities for donors to support politically- and environmentally-sustainable power infrastructure in conflict-affected settings”

When international actors build electricity infrastructure in conflict-affected environments, the location, scale, and design of what they construct necessarily has both political and economic consequences. Construction contracts create jobs and revenues, and electricity infrastructure creates long-term streams of jobs, income, and benefits.

The CSIS Middle East Program researched the interplay between international policymakers’ political goals and their efforts to reconstruct power infrastructure in conflict-affected settings. We also explored the new opportunities that more decentralized and sustainable power infrastructure provide for donors who seek to promote stability and prosperity in such environments. The project focused on Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, and Yemen as case studies and is based on over 175 interviews from donor governments, UN officials, local actors, and private sector implementers. A senior-level advisory board provided strategic guidance throughout the project. 

This project was made possible by a donation from the Embassy of Qatar in Washington, D.C.

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